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Edgar Allan Poe was a 19th century author and poet, best known for his Gothic short stories and mysteries, including the "Cask of Amontillado" and "The Purloined Letter". Poe was born in Boston and lost both of his parents in the first few years of his life. He was taken in by John Allan, a Virginian merchant from Scotland who gave Poe his middle name. After attending school in London, England for some time, the family moved back to Virginia where Poe pursued his post secondary education.

Despite his wealth, Allan would not finance Poe's college education and the future writer decided to join the United States Army to support himself. Meanwhile, Poe began writing, releasing his first book in his early twenties. Eventually, Poe decided to try to pursue writing as a full-time career. He received numerous rejections until he won a contest for the short story "Manuscript Found in a Bottle", which landed him a job as an editor. Poe continued to struggle financially, holding editor positions at various magazines that did not pay well despite Poe's ability to vastly increase their circulation. The author was a recognized literary critic, but he never achieved financial success. In 1849, Poe was discovered on the streets of Baltimore delirious and in need of immediate medical attention. He died later the next morning and was never able to explain how he got into his dire condition.

If you're looking for some of Poe's best work, The Best of Edgar Allan Poe, available as an audio download, contains some of his most notable poems and stories. Another collection, The Fall of the House of Usher & The Pit and the Pendulum, consists of two of his most famous stories of the macabre along with a number of other short stories. The Dupin Stories will be of interest if you're looking for a good Poe detective story and is available as an audio CD or MP3 download.

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LearnOutLoud.com presents an Introduction to Poetry covering famous poems by great poets throughout the history of English poetry.

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Monday, January 19, 2009 marked Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday. Though these tales need no introduction, the rationale for starting with volume two is threefold...

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This, the first of 5 volumes containing Poe's works, contains 8 of his short stories as well as reflections, critiques, and eulogies by others.

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This is a collection of 12 creepy stories by that master of creepiness, Poe.

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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping — rapping at my chamber door. Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door — Only this and nothing more."

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Universally acclaimed as the maestro of horror and the morbid, Edgar Allan Poe's dark gift has for more than a century and a half set the standard for the genre...

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The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe....

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841.

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The vengeful dead, premonition, ghosts, pacts with the devil and a strange madness - these are the themes of this collection of chilling tales, written by some of the great names in English literature and masters of the genre.

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A spine-tingling collection of classic ghost stories, perfect for those winter nights! This set contains The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, The Horla by Guy de Maupassant, Sredni Vashtar by Saki, The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling, Lost Hearts by M. R. James and The Furnished Room by O. Henry.

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