Edgar Allan Poe Was Born
If you like horror stories that run shivers
up and down your spine, try reading the work of Edgar Allan Poe.
Born on January 19, 1809, Poe was a master of tales of terror
and the originator of the modern detective story. In his poem
"The Raven," a big black bird comes into the narrator's den,
sits upon a statue, and stares at him. "Nevermore," says the
In "The Tell-Tale Heart," a man commits a murder
and hides the body under the floorboards in the house. But, he
begins to go mad, hearing the wild beating of his victim's heart
getting louder and louder. Try reading "The Black Cat," or
"Murders in the Rue Morgue."
Poe also wrote romance,
like his haunting poem "Annabel Lee:"
"For the moon never
beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee
And the stars never rise but I see the bright eyes
beautiful Annabel Lee"
What do you know about the life of
the man who wrote these strange tales?
Poe was a
successful editor, journalist, and critic of literature, but his
personal life was full of tragedy and romance, much like his
stories. Poe's parents, both actors, died when he was two. He
was left in the care of kind, childless foster parents, the
Allans. They sent him to excellent schools and supported him in
every way, but Poe had problems with gambling and drinking. He
experienced the loss of many of the women in his life: first his
own mother, then a friend's mother when he was 15, his foster
mother when he was 20, then his frail young wife, Virginia Clem.
Poe died in 1849, but his stories and poems live on as
masterpieces of American horror, mystery, and romance. They are
great to read aloud. Try reading one with your family or