Welcome to the Edgar Allan Poe Collection!
Here, you’ll also find Poe’s most famous stories like The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Tell-Tale Heart, but you’ll also find that this site a great place to explore his lesser known works like Morella and Ligeia.
Take a look around. We hope you find fun and exciting Edgar Allan Poe poems and stories to fall in love with.
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Learn More about Poe with this Short Biography
Edgar Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809, to David and Elizabeth. Poe was the second of three children, having an older brother William and a younger sister Rosalie. Poe became an orphan around two years old following the abandonment of his father in 1810 and the death of his mother in 1811.
Poe was taken in by a successful merchant named John Allan. It was the Allan’s that gave Poe the name "Edgar Allan Poe." Many people misspell the name as Edgar Allen Poe, but note that it’s spelled Allan, not Allen. Poe spent about 5 years of his childhood from 1815 to 1820 overseas.
In 1826, Poe entered the University of Virginia to study ancient and modern languages, but dropped out after a year, presumably due to heavy drinking, gambling debts, and a falling out with John Allan.
On May 27, 1827, Poe joined the U.S. Army under the name Edgar A. Perry, claiming he was 22 when in fact he was only 18.
Later in 1827, Poe released his first collection of poems entitled Tamerlane and Other Poems.
While April 15th is not a happy day for most Americans these days, it brought great joy to Edgar Allan Poe in 1829 as it was the day he was discharged from the military. Later in 1829, Poe published another book entitled Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems.
In 1830, Poe entered West Point as a cadet. In 1831, Poe published a third volume of poems entitled Poems. This collection was financed with the help of donations from his fellow West Point cadets. This collection of poetry again contained Tamerlane and Al Aaraaf, as well as 6 new poems including To Helen and The City in the Sea.
In 1833, Poe was awarded a prize by the Baltimore Saturday Visiter for his short story The Manuscript Found in a Bottle. This recognition helped him become an editor in 1835 for the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, VA. A few weeks later, Poe was fired for being drunk.
On September 22, 1835, Poe married his 13 year old cousin, Virginia. The couple claimed on the marriage certificate that she was 21.
Poe was then rehired by the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, but would leave in 1837.
In 1838, Poe published his only novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.
In 1839, Poe became an assistant editor for Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine where he published many articles, stories and reviews which helped solidify the good reputation he’d established while at the Southern Literary Messenger.
Poe bounced around for a few years before becoming the owner of the Broadway Journal.
Poe published The Raven on January 29, 1845, in the Evening Mirror. While The Raven received great acclaim, Poe was paid only $9 for it.
In 1846, The Broadway Journal failed, and Poe moved to the Fordham section of The Bronx. This house today is known as Poe’s Cottage. Poe’s wife Virginia died in the house on January 30, 1847.
On October 3, 1949, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore in great distress. He was taken to the hospital where he died on October 7, 1849, at 5 AM.
Strange things surrounded Poe’s death. For instance, Poe was wearing clothes that weren’t his and kept calling out the name "Reynolds". Poe never was coherent enough during his final days in the hospital to explain what happened. No one knows why Poe died. Speculation includes, among other things, delirium tremens, heart disease, epilepsy, syphilis, meningeal inflammation, cholera and rabies. No one knows for sure, other than that America lost one of its best writers of all time.
Take a look around this site and fall in love with Edgar Allan Poe poems and stories. If you need a place to start, we suggest the poems The Raven and Annabel Lee as well as the short stories The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart. We hope you enjoy this great collection of Edgar Allan Poe poems and stories!