Edgar Allan Poe


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he was once a sergeant major in the U.S. Army?

he married his thirteen-year-old cousin when he was twenty-seen?

to make a living, he sometimes wrote gossip columns about writers and actors?

the exact cause of his death is still unknown?

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But did you know that...

he was once a sergeant major in the U.S. Army?

he married his thirteen-year-old cousin when he was twenty-seen?

to make a living, he sometimes wrote gossip columns about writers and actors?

the exact cause of his death is still unknown?

Discover the story behind these facts and more!

Presents the life of the nineteenth-century American author famous for his detective stories, horror stories, and poetry.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
"A&E Television's Biography" series adds a well-told tale with this volume about the nineteenth-century master of horror, suspense and darkness. A tragic figure, never popular or understood in his life, Poe commanded his legendary reputation only after his early and sad death. Orphaned at age two, he was shuttled between a series of homes but never warmly welcomed, especially since he remained determined to make his living writing poetry instead of in a respectable profession. His marriage at twenty-seven to his thirteen-year-old cousin in Baltimore further tarnished his reputation, and his inability to secure financial success, even with some well-published poems and stories, made poverty and illness his constant companions. This book names two of his demons as alcoholism and depression and leaves the reader sad that his life had to be so hard, especially since his loyalty to those who helped him and to his family was unflagging. Poe's mark on the world of literature is memorialized in Baltimore by his well-visited tomb and also by the choosing of the name "Ravens"—after his famous poem—for the city's football team. 2001, Lerner, $25.26. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-This concise and compelling biography will enable readers to understand the complex character of this gothic master, the time in which he lived, and his tragic life. A fair sprinkling of primary-source documents, excerpts, and black-and-white photos and etchings embellish the narrative. The book should encourage readers to seek out Poe's stories and poems.-Lisa Denton, J. S. Russell JHS, Lawrenceville, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822570585
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Just the Facts Biographies Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,114,075
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Orphaned 4

2 Moving Around 12

3 Soldier and Cadet 23

4 Baltimore Family 34

5 No Ordinary Critic 45

6 First Publications 52

7 Literary Successes 64

8 A Series of Setbacks 78

9 Final Journeys 89

Glossary 106

Source Notes 107

Selected Bibliography 108

Further Reading and Websites 109

Index 110

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