10 Interesting Edgar Allan Poe Facts

Sunday, January 5th 2014. | People

Edgar Allan Poe facts give the fascinating information about one of the American writers.  Most of his works are related to poverty, despair and loneliness.  The key themes were affected by his personal life. Find out about his work and early life in the following post below:

Edgar Allan Poe Facts 1: date of birth

Edgar Allan Power was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston. His parents were David Poe and Eliza Poe. His father was an American lawyer and actor. His mother was an English actress.

Edgar Allan Poe Facts 2: name

Edgar Allan Poe’s name was derived from the name of the manager of the theatrical troupe where both of his father and mother worked with.

Edgar Allan Poe  facts

Edgar Allan Poe facts

Edgar Allan Poe Facts 3: sibling

Edgar Allan Poe has one younger sister named Rosalie. He had an older brother. His name was Henry. When Edgar Allan Poe was 2 years old, his father left home. His mother lived alone to raise the three children. She passed away in 1811 because of tuberculosis.

Edgar Allan Poe Facts 4: adoption

Soon after his mother’s death, Edgar Allan Poe was adopted to a rich black family. He lived well there. However, it was a sad moment when his adoptive mother died.

Edgar Allan Poe The raven

Edgar Allan Poe The raven

Edgar Allan Poe Facts 5: Tamerlane and Other Poems

His first work was published in 1827. The title was Tamerlane and Other Poems.  It was sold in 50 copies. The work was published when he was a soldier. He cited his named a Bostonian; not his real name Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe Facts 6: Magazinist

Edgar Allan Poe was always recognized by the people as a Magazinist. He was involved in many kinds of magazine publications such as the Southern Literary Messenger and Gentlemen’s magazine.  Because of his drinking problem, he was fired as a Magazinist.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe Facts 7: marriage

It was in the spring of 1836 that Edgar Allan Poe and his 14 year old cousin married in Virginia.  He lied about the age of her cousin by saying that she was 21 years old.

Edgar Allan Poe Facts 8: death of his wife

It seems that Edgar was very aware with death. When his wife was 25 years old, she died because of tuberculosis. It was the same cause of disease which made his mother died in the similar age of his wife.



Edgar Allan Poe Facts 9: family disease

Many deaths occurred in his family. He called it as a family disease.  Many of his beloved family and friends died. They included his mother, brother, wife, his two previous lovers, adoptive mother and wife. It made him so lonely in life. It definitely affects his works.

Edgar Allan Poe Facts 10: illness in his work

You can see that the deaths of female in his family are applied in his work entitled The Fall of the House of Usher. The female characters in the short stories were passed away because of the undetermined illnesses.

The Raven

The Raven

There are some famous works of Edgar Allan Poe that you can read. You can find the Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell Tale Heart and Annabel Lee, and The Raven. Do you have any question on facts about Edgar Allan Poe?

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