Credited by many as the father of the modern mystery story, Edgar Allan Poe was born Edgar Poe in Boston in 1809. Poe's father abandoned him while he was still an infant, and his mother died a year later, leaving the young Poe to be taken in by a successful Scottish merchant in Virginia named John Allan. Poe was subsequently educated at various English boarding schools before returning to the U.S. to attend the University of Virginia. Hounded by romantic woes and gambling problems, he only lasted at the school for only a year. Next, he enrolled at West Point, but soon discovered that he was no better suited to the military environment, and purposefully neglected his duties so that he would be kicked out. All the while, Poe nurtured a love of writing. He published books of poetry under various pseudonyms and eventually moved into prose, winning a prize from the Baltimore Saturday Visiter in 1833 for his story "MS. Found in a Bottle." This led to Poe becoming the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger and later,
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Lived and studied in England
Published first book <i>Tamerlane and Other Poems</i> with the byline "by a Bostonian"
Wrote second collection of poetry titled <i>Al Aaraaf, Tamberlane, and Minor Poems</i>
Attended U.S. Military Academy at West Point; expelled a year later for neglect of duty
Moved in with aunt Maria Clemm and cousin Virginia in Baltimore, MD
Worked for Richmond magazine <i>Southern Literary Messenger</i> as in-house critic
Married cousin and literary muse Virginia who was reportedly 13 or 14 at the time
Published only complete novel of career <i>The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket</i>
Wrote <i>Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque</i>, a collection of stories including "The Fall of the House of Usher"
Published the Gothic short stories "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum"
Publication of poem "The Raven" turned him into a literary sensation; included in <i>The Raven and Other Poems</i>
Ran own magazine the <i>Broadway Journal</i>
Moved to a country cottage in Bronx, NY with ailing wife Virginia; later renamed "Poe Cottage"
Horror tale "The Cask of Amontillado" published in <i>Godey's Lady's Book</i>
Wrote the poems "Annabel Lee" and "The Bells" shortly before death; both works published posthumously