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    DescriptionEdgar Poe was born the son of itinerant actors on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusets. Abandoned by his father and the later death of his mother, he was taken into the foster care of John Allan, a Virginia tobacco farmer. Now styled as Edgar Allan Poe, he distinguished himself at the University of Virginia but was equally adept at collecting debts from his assiduous gambling. His stepfather's disapproval shattered their fragile relationship and Poe left home to seek his fortune. In 1836 he married his cousin Virginia but despite his prolific activities - journalism, poetry, lecturing, short stories, publishing, criticism and experimentation with fictional genres, including the detective novel which he virtually invented with the publication of The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) - he received scant recognition for his efforts until the publication of The Raven in 1845. The poem's instant popularity gave him a new visibility in literary circles, but his personal situation remained desperate: poverty, illness, drink, and the physical decline and ultimate death of Virginia in 1847 led to his untimely and premature decline. In 1849 he was found sick, injured and semi-conscious in a Baltimore tavern. Taken to hospital, he lingered on for four days, but never recovered and on October 7th Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40. He was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters - a genius who, thanks to his dire reputation, was tragically misunderstood during his lifetime. It was not until Baudelaire enthusiastically translated his work that he found a wider audience in Europe, and became not only an enormous influence on modern French literature but also on the acclaimed work of writers such as Dostoevsky, Conan Doyle and Jules Verne.


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    Title
    The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Edgar Allan Poe
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 800
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 39 mm
    Weight: 890 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781840221725
    ISBN 10: 1840221720
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC024000
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Publisher
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Publication date
    03 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Herts