Tales of Mystery and Imagination

By snurfson / Posted on 26 October 2010

Tales of Mystery and Imagination, a book of short stories, written by Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was orphaned early in life. He was taken into the house of Edgar Allan, who became his godfather and took him along to live in England from 1815-1820. There Poe studied at a classical academy. After the death of Mrs. Allan, Poe and his godfather severed relations. In 1831, after attending several schools, among them West Point, Poe moved to New York. His early publications won him fame and the position as editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. Later he moved to Philadelphia and worked on Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine.

In 1836 Poe married his thirteen-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm. She died eleven years later of tuberculosis. Poe’s next professional engagement was with the Evening Mirror in New York starting in 1845. His own paper, The Broadway Journal, was a financial desaster. After the death of his wife, Poe turned to alcohol abuse. These drinking binges left him so exhausted that he fell seriously ill by October 1849. A few days later he died.


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