Edgar Allan Poe's Life
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Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe
Frances Allan and John Allan
At what age did Poe's father abandon him?
When he was one year old
How old was Poe when his mother died of TB?
Poe was nearly three
When and from what did Poe's wife and first cousin Virginia die?
She died from TB in 1846 after partially recovering
What influence did women have on Poe?
Poe thought women were angelic figures
What were Poe's parents' occupations?
They were both actors
How old was Poe when he joined the army?
He was younger than age 20 and enlisted as Edgar A. Perry so John Allan couldn't find him
What did Poe do when he was 16 that proved his determination?
He swam 6 miles upstream in the James River
How old was Poe when he attended West Point?
He was younger than age 20 and was kicked out for purposely breaking the rules and ignoring his duties
Why did Poe gamble?
While Poe was in college, John Allan cut iff his tuition
Poe gambled to make money but ended up $ 2,000 in debt
In what year did Poe become an editor?
In 1835 Poe became an editor
He was very critical and accused Henry Longfellow to be a plagiarist
What was John Allan's occupation?
John Allan was a tobacco merchant
Who was Poe's first love?
His first love was his friend's mom when he was 15- she died from brain cancer
What was a key concept Poe believed about women?
He believed that all women should be treated with respect
When and from what did Frances Allan die?
She died of TB in 1821
Which president did Poe meet?
President John Tyler
The first time he was not sober the second time he was sober
How many books did Poe publish?
He wrote two books
Who did Poe end up marrying and how was he previously related to her?
Poe married Virginia Clemm, his first cousin
When they married she was around 12 years old and Poe was 26
Who was Poe drawn to?
Where did Poe propose to Helen Whitman?
In a cemetery
How old was Poe when he died?
He died at age 40
When did Poe first become engaged with Elmira Shelton?
he first became engaged with her when he was 17
He became engaged again later on in his life
When did Poe die?
Poe died on October 7th when he finally gained consciousness in a hospital at 5 AM
When was Poe summoned to the death bed of John Allan?
What University did Poe attend?
Poe attended the University of Virginia two years after it was created
Who did Poe write letters to?
What were some major problems Poe had?
He tried to arrange his whole life
He was often sick, drunk, or both
He was an alcoholic and drug addict
Which people in his family died from TB?
His mother Elizabeth Poe
His brother Henry
His wife and first cousin Virginia
His step mother Frances Allan
Where did Poe go after Frances Allan died of TB?
He moved in with his aunt
When did Poe write?
Poe wrote in college and throughout his life
What were most of his stories based on?
Most of his stories were based on the grim reality of his life
What was Poe interested in besides writing?
Poe was athletic and interested in sports
What was Poe nicknamed?
The Raven after it became popular
In his stories, what was actually the Red Death?
What is some proof that Poe's early life was marked with instability and tragedy?
His father deserted him and his mother died when he was almost 3 years old
What is proof that during Poe's teenage years he began showing traits that would eventually make him a great writer?
He liked reciting poems aloud, had a tendency to take risks, and often fell into daydreams
What is some proof that John Allan did not always support Poe?
John Allan cut off Poe's tuition payments sand when Frances Allan died he stopped giving Poe any money at all
What is some proof that Poe received some fame and moneys a professional writer?
By the time Poe was 21 two volumes of his poetry had been published and his story "The Gold Bug" sold over 300,000 copies
What is proof that Poe found love but it did not last?
In 1836, Poe and Virginia married
In 1847, after five years of illness, Virginia died died of TB
What is some proof that the last four days of Poe's life were a mystery?
Poe was found half conscious on October 3rd in a doorway
He was rushed to the hospital but could not be revived and died on October 7th, 1849
What is some proof that Poe had many problems throughout his life, but still remains today, a celebrated author?
Poe was constantly in debt and telling lies to get money
He was a drug addict and alcoholic
He also set a new standard in literature, was the inventor of the detective story, and a talented poet who captured a mood through rhyme and rhythm
What are two interesting facts about Virginia?
Virginia was a Virgo and she was 12 or 13 when they married
What are two theories of how Poe died?
Rabies or Mugged
What is "The Gold Bug" about?
William Legrand describes the title object as having three black spots on its back; the object was used in lieu of a bullet to find the hidden treasure of Captain Kidd
The Purloined Letter
The queen has a letter that she does not want the king to see. Somebody steals it to try and gain political power. The detective hatches a plan to find it and retrieve it and succeeds. When the police come by the detective's house to talk about the dilemma the detective already has it and gives it to the police. The letter is returned to the queen.
Which story is this quote from: "I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him."
The Tell-Tale Heart
What is the Masque of the Red Death about?
There is a plague running rampant throughout Prince Prospero's kingdom. Prospero decides to hole up and party in his castle with 1,000 of his rich and noble friends. After dancing through 6 rooms an uninvited guest comes. Prospero challenges the guest to a duel and dies. The uninvited guest is the Red Death and it kills all the nobles.
Edgar Poe is born in Boston, MA
Poe's mother dies
Poe is taken by John and Frances Allan
Poe goes to school in England
Poe returns to the U.S. and continues schooling
Poe attends the Academy of William Burke
He succeeds and excels in athletics
John Allan inherits a fortune when his uncle dies
Poe does well in the army and attains rank of Sergeant Major
Poe gets a job
Virginia breaks a blood vessel while playing the piano
This is the very beginning of her becoming ill
Poe dies on October 7th, 1849
What were Poe's and Frances Allan's relationship like?
They loved each other like mother and son but she died when he was 18-19 years old
What were Poe's and John Allan's relationship like?
John Allan didn't really care for Poe, didn't want to adopt him, and disowned him
teens when they met
engaged to be married
her parents made her marry someone else
13 year old first cousin who married Poe
happiest time in Poe's life
died from TB
engaged to be married
her other will not let them get married
after she had married and her husband is gone
engaged to be married
Poe dies which interferes with the wedding
When was Poe born?
January 19, 1809
Who was Poe's first love and why didn't they marry?
Her parents made her marry someone else
Poe is considered the father of what genre of stories?
Who did Poe fall in love with after Virginia's death?
Why didn't Poe marry Helen Whitman?
Her mother said "no"
Who was the last woman in Poe's life?
What are two possible causes of Poe's death?
he was mugged
he was drunk
What was unusual about Poe's clothes when they found him and brought him to the hospital?
His clothes were too tight and not his own
What effect did his mom dying have on Poe?
He wrote sad stories and poems
What effect did John Allan dying and Poe receiving no financial help have on Poe's writing?
He had to write to get money
What effect did Virginia getting TB and dying after 5 years have on Poe's writing?
He wrote even more sad poems and stories because it was the one time he was truly happy
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