Edgar Allan Poe Obituary

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Everybody knows who Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective, is. However, most people fail to realize that he was based off of a character made by Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 in Chicago. He was a Capricorn just one day off from being an Aquarius. His father David was an American actor, and his mother Elizabeth was an English-born American actress. He had a brother Henry and a sister Rosalie. Edgar’s mother died when he was just two years old. Henry went to live with his grandparents, Rosalie was taken in by another family, and Edgar was adopted by Mr. and Mrs.Allan. Edgar grew up in good surroundings and went to good schools for John Allan was a successful merchant. When Edgar was 6, he went to school in England for 5 years. He learned math and history as well as Latin and French. In 1826, Edgar attended the University of Virginia. Although he excelled in his classes, John Allan only gave him about a third of what he needed. Edgar tried gambling to come up with the funds but ended up in debt and dropped out of school not too long afterwards. He then returned to Richmond only to find that his fiancé Elmira Royster had become engaged to someone else. When he was just 18 he wrote…show more content…
Griswold’s attacks were meant to cause the public to dismiss Edgar and his works, but the biography had exactly the opposite effect and instead drove the sales of Edgar’s books higher than they had ever been during the author’s lifetime. Griswold’s distorted image of Poe created the Poe legend that lives to this day while Griswold is only remembered (if at all) as Poe’s first biographer. So any mystery, horror, or depressing story that is read today, all owe their respects and thanks to Edgar Allan Poe. Without him, none of these genres would exist
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