1809 - 1849

Edgar Allan Poe was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts; his parents died when he was young. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre.

Poe's work forced him to move between several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia , and New York. In January 1845, Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. Four years later at the age of 40, Poe died in Baltimore. The cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, or heart disease.

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