Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (19. ledna 1809 Boston  1849Baltimore)was American writer, poet and literary critic, who lived in 19th century. He was born in the USA in 1809. His parents died when he was young so he was growing up in foster Allan Family in Richmond. So he had middle name from them. Allan family was rich and he had easy young years. When Poe was 17, he had to go to University of Virginia, but he was only drinking alcohol and gambling so he had to leave university and he went to Military Academy. He was in academy only one year than, he was kicked out again. Then he came to Baltimore. The city, which is connect with Poe’s person. So there is museum of him or NFL club Baltimore Ravens has same name like his famous poem. In Baltimore E. A. Poe became literary critic, professional writer and he also founded love with 13years old girl Virginia. The marriage was happy and things were going well but not for long. In 1842 Virginia was diagnosed with tuberculosis. In years of Virginia’s illness Poe wrote his most famous poem The Raven and Annabel Lee. His wife died in 1847 and then Edgar was always drunk and he felt into depression. His dead is also mysterious. People found him, while he was lying in park and he was talking about strange things. He died 4 days later.

He was writing about terrifying, creepy stories and people consider him as the founder of detective and horror stories. Main themes of his books are darkness, murders, mystery, dark animals, scary houses.


  • The Raven-his famous poem about dead girlfriend of young student, he thought about this
  • The Murders In The Rue Morgue – criminal story
  • The Black Cat – criminal – horror story
  • The Premature Burial – about premature burial
  • The Fall of the House of Usher – horror story about creepy house
  • The Imp of the Perverse – about guilt
  • The King Pest – comedy and horror story
  • The Man of the Crowd