Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe, the first master of the short story, had written many short stories from mysteries to morbidity. Edgar was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachussettes. Edgar Parents, David and Eliza, were both in the acting business. Poe also had a sister, who is rarely spoken of. When Edgar was young his father feed from the family, leaving Edgar, his mother, and sister alone. At the age of two Edgar's mother died of tuberculosis.

Edgar was then placed in a foster home with John and Fanny Allan. When Edgar was fifteen he had enough stories written to publish a book, but his foster father would not allow it. In 1826 Edgar enrolled into the University of Virginia. He wanted to become a translator. The life at the University of Virginia was very disturbing, there were many accounts of violence such as; riots, fighting, and murders. By the end of the year Edgar was in debt from gambling, exceeding two-thousand five-hundred dollars.

When Poe went back to Richmond, Virginia, where John lived for the summer, he expected his father to pay his debts, but his father made him work to pay his debts. In 1827 Edgar moved out of the Allan house to Boston, Massachussettes. Edgar then published his first book Tamer line and Other Poems. In 1827 Edgar joined the U.S. Army where he stayed for two years. In 1829 Edgar wrote his second book A arat, Timberline, and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe. John Allan disowned Edgar because he did not keep up on his duties at West Point, and was told he did not live up to his expectations as a proper son.

Edgar married his cousin, Virginia Clem m, whom Edgar had been living with. Virginia was only thirteen when they got married. Ten years after their, Virginia died from the same disease as his mother, tuberculosis. Melon coly became Edgar. Edgar started using drugs, in which he thought would make him feel better.

He took opium, laun diam, and morphine. While using drugs he also drank continuously. Edgar had a lot of trouble trying to stop drinking, but nothing helped and he continued to drink. Edgar's nervous system was at a low point, in which he had day-mares of the army trying to capture him, so he disguised himself, clearly this was from a mental illness. Edgar had a lot more mental discomforts following him, some lead him to near suicidal. Poe was brought to the Washington Hospital of Baltimore, on October 6, 1849 after he was found lying in the road with his clothing ripped and still semi-conscious.

He then said aloud, his final poem. ' Father I firmly do believe I know, for death who comes for me from the regions of blast afar where there is nothing to deceive hath left his iron gates ajar and rays of truth you cannot see are flashing through eternity. ' The next morning Edgar Allan Poe passed away from Lobar Pneumonia which was complicated by depression. Edgar's story 'The Raven' was coincidently they way Edgar felt during his depression.

'Into darkness and nothing more', was a quote from 'The Raven' which is where Edgar eventually ended, in darkness-and nothing more.