About the Author
Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 to traveling actors in Boston, Massachusetts. After his parents’ early deaths, Poe went to live with a wealthy tobacco merchant in Richmond, Virginia. Although his foster family tried to rear him for a career in business, Poe always dreamed of writing.
Poe left for the University of Virginia in 1826, where he accrued considerable debt. However, in 1827, at the age of eighteen, he achieved his primary goal: to publish, which he accomplished with Tamerlane and Other Poems. From then on he continued to pursue his passion—as an author, literary critic, magazine writer, and editor—while struggling with perpetual poverty. He published his famous poem “The Raven” in 1845. His works include a novel, a play, poetry, short stories, and essays. In 1849, Poe died from unknown causes.