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Edgar Allen Poe Biography and Facts For Kids


Edgar Allen Poe was an American poet and author born in 1809. He best known for his talent in writing truly horrifying stories by using very few words, making them much more chilling. He also credited with the invention of the detective-fiction genre that currently dominates the literary world.

Poe parents died when he was young and although he was taken in by a couple, they never actually adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia and began writing right out of school. He didn’t achieve true success until he published The Raven in 1845. Before he could truly enjoy it, Poe passed away in 1849 at the young age of forty. The cause of his death is still unknown. Speculation ranges from alcohol to cholera and even drugs, suicide or heart diseases. However, Poe works live on in history as some of the most macabre and disturbing ever.

Poetry and Prose

The Collected Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe: Has a great collection of Edgar Allen Poe most famous poems.

The Works of Edgar Allen Poe: Provides links to all five volumes of The Works of Edgar Allen Poe, a collection of his more famous works.

Edgar Allen Poe Poetry: Many links to Edgar Allen Poe poems.

Short Stories

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque: Contains both volumes of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, a series of short stories.

The Gold-Bug: A link to Poe short story The Gold Bug.

Short Stories by Edgar Allen Poe: Many of his short stories.

Articles and Non-Fiction Works

Edgar Allen Poe’s Letters: Contains an archive of many of Edgar Allen Poe letters.

Index Of Articles And Essays: Has links to many of the articles that Edgar Allen Poe wrote, including “Anastatic Printing and “The Capital At Washington.

Byron and Miss Chaworth: A link to an article written by Poe titled “Byron and Miss Chaworth which was written for Columbian Magazine.

Long Tales

The Fall of The House Of Usher: One of Poe longer and most popular stories.

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket: Another link to one of Poe longer and more obscure stories.
Hans Phaall: One of Poe longer stories.

Detective and Horror Stories

The Murders in the Rue Morgue: This is the first in a series of three short stories where Poe introduces C. Auguste Dupin. It is one of his most famous horror stories.

The Purloined Letter: This is the third in a series of three short stories involving detective C. Auguste Dupin.

The Pit and the Pendulum: This story is widely regarded as not only one of Poe most famous works but also one of the scariest horror stories of all time.

The Tell-Tale Heart: This story is one of Poe shorter horror stories but it also one of the tales that deeply disturbed people, making it one of the most popular horror stories ever written.

A truly versatile andoriginal writer, Edgar Allen Poe has left a deep imprint in the world of literature. Today, his works are still very popular.