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Poe's Childhood, Alcoholism, and Troubled Life

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Temperamental, dramatic, multi-talented, Edgar Allan Poe had a personality that grew from his tempestuous past. Orphaned at an early age and eventually disowned by his foster family, Edgar Allan Poe combined an unsteady temperament with a constant quest for stability and artistic expression.

How did Poe's childhood influence his work? What factored into his troubled life? Share your thoughts with other Community members-- post a message below!

For more about Poe, read MysteryNet's profile of Edgar Allan Poe and the full-length version of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".

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P Marlowe - 10:26am Jun 23, 2002 PST(#45 of 50)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

Poe is one of Americaís greatest Men of Letters, and his personal demons rival those of Emil Zola, Dostoevsky or Samuel Coleridge. He was born poor, raised by rich relatives, who never let him forget how poor he was.

He was fragile sensitive, in a world that had no understanding and certainly no acceptance for such qualities in a man.

He lost the people whom he profoundly loved to a terrible disease - TB, which ran rampant in the great cities of the east at the time.

He probably drank what he could and definitely smoked Opium (the drug of choice for literary figures of that time).

All that said, he is one of America's greatest authors. He set precedents in writing creating the short story just to name one; writing an Essay about short story writing which is still used in College to today.

His poems - are some of the most beautiful, combining words and speech to create sound in the readerís mindís eye. "The Fall of the House Usher" is unparalleled as a short story - it is perfect.

Sometime we ask what is greatness? If, after almost 200 years, people are still reading, discussing and admiring your literary work, that is as good a definition of great as there is in my book.

Col. Robert Morris - 02:35pm Mar 25, 2003 PST(#46 of 50)

I was a child and she was a child, In this kingdom by the sea; But we loved with a love that was more than love- I and my Annabel Lee;

This has to be my favorite. It reachs you deep inside. Poe Forever...

yvonne porras - 06:59am Nov 15, 2007 PST(#47 of 50)

hi sarah cannon, I am also 13 and i've been reading poe's poetry long before I should have been. He is a very deprived mad man but if he weren't then his works would be useless i also wright poety and he is one if my biggest inspirations

sarahbeth brown - 06:50am Jun 15, 2010 PST(#48 of 50)

hi my name is sarahbeth and im about to be 15 and ive been reading his poetry in school and at home and love it all and Well i think Edgar Allan Poe was a great poet and autor but he got all his ideas from his childhood. But thats just my opinion and i think thats true..

sarahbeth brown - 06:52am Jun 15, 2010 PST(#49 of 50)

even know his writings may be disturbing i still like them

sarahbeth brown - 06:52am Jun 15, 2010 PST(#50 of 50)

and now im doing a report on him

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