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Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mystery, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre.
Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work are popular in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.
In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. His wife died in 1847. Born in Boston, he was the second child of two actors. Poe attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. His publishing career began in 1827.
Poe's best known fiction works are Gothic,a genre he followed to appease the public taste. His most recurring themes deal with questions of death, including its physical signs, the effects of decomposition, the reanimation of the dead, and mourning. Genres Literary style and themes
The earliest surviving home in which Poe lived is in Baltimore, preserved as the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. Poe is believed to have lived in the home at the age of 23 Preserved homes, landmarks, and museums
Other Poe landmarks include a building in the Upper West Side, where Poe temporarily lived when he first moved to New York. In Boston, a commemorative plaque on Boylston Street is several blocks away from the actual location of Poe's birth. As of 2013, fundraising is proceeding to construct a permanent memorial sculpture at this location.