Summary of An Animated Biography of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was an American author who was known for his Gothic Romanticism style of writing. He experienced many tragedies in his life, which likely influenced his writing. Some of his most famous works are "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart."

  • 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, to actors Elizabeth and David Poe. tragedy struck the family early when both parents died; young Poe was separated from his siblings and sent to live with tobacco farmer John Allen. In Virginia, Poe attended school and studied abroad, becoming interested in poetry and writing. Poe lost himself in stories and poems, and began to compose works of his own. However, Poe's guardian John Allen fell into financial trouble and refused to keep financing Poe's education, and Poe turned to gambling as an immediate source of income. However, Poe could not afford to keep himself enrolled in school and became known for his biting reviews and exquisitely written poems and short stories that emphasized structure and style. Poe married his cousin Virginia many years his junior and moved to New York in order to start a new life. However, Poe became known throughout the literary community for his infamous critiques, influential lectures, and macabre genre masterpieces. Poe's work can be described as Gothic Romanticism, a title that combines his affinity for the supernatural subject matter with the term coined by authors of the 19th century who emphasized writing from a place of feelings and emotion rather than rationality and facts. In 1847, just 10 years
  • 00:05:00 Edgar Allan Poe was a renowned author who experienced many hardships in his life. He lost his job, his fiancee, and even his life. His most famous works, such as "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," are said to be based on his own experiences.

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