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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

MEET EDGAR ALLAN POE

Edgar Allan Poe
1809-1849

Edgar Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809, to David and Elizabeth Poe.  Elizabeth had already left her husband and subsequently died when Edgar was only 2 years old.  He and his brother and sister were all parceled off in different directions, with Edgar being adopted by John and Frances Allan. Poe's education included both the U.K. and America, including a year at the University of Virginia in 1826.  Alcohol and debt became problems, and Edgar Allan left the university less than a year later.  He was successful in his application to West Point, but neither was that endeavor successful.

In 1831, Edgar Allan found himself in New York City.  He had his first poetry published at that time, but there were more rejection than acceptance letters. Edgar got his first  job in 1835 as a newspaper editor in Richmond, Virginia, as a result of his winning a contest with his story The Manuscript Found in a Bottle.  At this point, Edgar sent for his aunt and cousin Virginia, who came to live with him.  Less than a year later, Edgar, then 27, married his cousin who was only 13 years old.

Poe moved from job to job and town to town, taking with him each time his wife and grandmother.  In 1845, Virginia grew ill, and in 1847, she was gone.  Poe became deeply depressed following this great loss.  In 1849, Poe returned to Virginia and became reacquainted with a woman he had known in his youth, Sarah Royster Shelton, and planned to marry her later that year.  He, at about the same time, joined the "The Sons of Temperance" in a struggle to overcome his alcoholism.

Later in 1849, Poe was hospitalized in Baltimore, Maryland.  The circumstances surrounding his hospitalization and death remain mysterious, much as the man himself.

This blog is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe--to his life, his death and the struggles he had with his personal demons.


18 comments:

  1. YAY Kay!!! Wow- you wasted no time my friend!! Great beginning to your blog and I look forward to more!! Onward to 2015 ,my friend!

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  2. How exciting. Have fun and be creative.

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  3. Found it right away! Good for you, I'll be following you. Hugs ~Renee

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  4. Can't wait to see how this develops.

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  5. Very interesting kay.πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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  6. Wonderful - a dedicated POE Blog :-) LUV it Kay :-D
    Hugz
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. Great idea Kay ! Will be with you all the way !
    Mwah ! x

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  8. This will be so interesting Kay. Can't wait to see how it evolves. Got you in my bloglovin. xox

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  9. Will be with you too of course my dear Kay! :D All the more so I love literature, and thank you for this great introduction about his life, I have really enjoyed reading it. Mwah!

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  10. What a journey? Wishing you success in your art journey.

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  11. Fabulous Kay..This is exciting.
    hugs
    susan s

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  12. How interesting! I knew nothing of Poe, now I do! Thank you Kay, I shall follow with interest x

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  13. How very interesting Kay. Thank you, I haven't learnt so much. Enjoy the journey.

    Happy 2015

    Gez xo

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  14. A blog is born. What fun. A very intriguing man. Looking forward to following your journey here. Hugz

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  15. Congratulations on your new blog, thank you for the introduction to Poe and i shall enjoy each and every post :-) xxx

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  16. What a fantastic blog you have Kay. I found you through Google+ and though I would check out your blog as well. I love your over all theme and great projects and I now also following you through Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin' so I can keep tabs and come back and visit again.
    Thank you for the fabulous inspiration,
    :) Chris / CS Designs

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