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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

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Born in Boston to parents who were actors, Edgar Allan Poe was adopted by the Allans of Virginia. As a young man, Poe contributed to and worked as an editor for a number of magazines, including Southern Literary Messenger, New York Review, and Burton's Gentleman's Magazine. A collection of his stories, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, was published in Philadelphia in 1840, shortly after his marriage to his cousin, Virginia Clemm. Taking up residence in New York, Poe began the Broadway Journal with Charles F. Briggs, continuing it through a second volume despite his partner's abandonment. After his wife's death of consumption ten years into the marriage, Poe was engaged twice, neither relationship resulting in a union. Poe's dissipated lifestyle led to his expulsion from the University of Virginia, his later withdrawal from West Point, the severing of his relationship with his benefactor, Mr. Allan, loss of employment on several occasions, and eventually, his death of a fever on October 7, 1849.

Works in the EAF Collection

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) (Restricted)

The Raven and Other Poems (1845) (Restricted)

Tales (1845) (Restricted)

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840) [Volume 1] [Volume 2]

"X-ing a Paragraph" (1849) (Restricted)

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)

From Evert A. Duyckinck, Cyclopaedia of American Literature (1856)

Other Resources

A brief biography of Poe from the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA.

Poe's works in the Modern English Collection from the Electronic Text Center

A Guide to John Henry Ingram's Poe Collection from UVA Special Collections