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Poe Festival

Robert Massimi. 

 One of the darkest, most mysterious writers ever was Edgar Allen Poe. His influence on people like Charles Baudelaire and Ezra Pound were prolific.  Poe is a one of a kind writer in poetry, short stories and essays. 

 As deep and dark as his life, Poe went on to be one of the great mysteries during his celebrated life. He watched his mother, sister and wife all dye from consumption. His parents abandoned him at a young age, to be adopted, (Poe, the name Edgar adopted). 

 Many do not know that Poe was both religious and patriotic.  Of English decent, Poe was Episcopalian and served in the military.  Poe would become a heavy drinker like many writers of his time. Celebrated both here and in Europe, poe wouls achieve international acclaim. 

 The Poe festival has kicked off at St Clements Church on Chiropractor St. For Poe fans it is a huge treat, for those not familiar with Poe,  I highly recommend  it. You do not have to be a Poe expert to enjoy such great works as “The Black Cat”, “Oblonged Box”, ” The Raven” and many, msny more great works. 

 To give you an idea how many works Poe had… his complete works of Poe is 1,025 pages. From poems ,to essays to short dtories, Poe is one of the greatest writers of all time. Deep and dark, he brings out a “certain” kind of fan, but I assure you, that Poe is for everyone.  Poe brings so many different types of works in his repertoire.  From the absurd, to the frightening,  Poe does it as ll with a greatness. 

Below I have given you a brief history of Edgar Allen Poe. His life is one of tragedy and brilliance. Many of his deep , darker works were based on life experiences that he had. Like other writers(Chekhov and O Neil) , Poe brought his life lessons to books.

Edgar Allan Poe (/poʊ/; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. He is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.[1] He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in 

Poe was born in Boston, the second child of actors David and Elizabeth “Eliza” Arnold Hopkins Poe.[3] His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but he was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed later as John Allan and Poe repeatedly clashed over debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of Poe’s secondary education. He attended the University of Virginia but left after a year due to lack of money. Poe quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the Army in 1827 under an assumed name. It was at this time that his publishing career began with the anonymous collection Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to “a Bostonian”. Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement after the death of Frances Allan in 1829. Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with John Allan.

Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. He married Virginia Clemm in 1836, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845, Poe published his poem “The Raven” to instant success, but Virginia died of tuberculosis two years after its publication.

Poe planned for years to produce his own journal The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), but he died before it could be produced. He died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at age 40; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, “brain congestion”, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other causes.[4]

Poe and his works influenced literature around the world, as well as specialized fields such as cosmology and cryptography. He and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre.

robert massimi
I have been writing on theater since 1982. I currently am Chief Drama Critic for Metropolitan Magazine. I have produced 12 shows on and off Broadway. Former member of board Metropolitan Playhouse.

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