One of the beauties of Poe is that, since his work was all poetry & short stories, you can get everything in a one volume addition like this one. Dupin is gifted with a great intellect & comes of an illustrious family, but has been reduced to poverty and has shrunken into indolence.
I'll just look at a couple of examples: The Murders in the Rue Morgue: With this tale, Poe created the detective story. However, reading about a particularly brutal murder in Rue Morgue, he is stirred into action & he & the narrator set out to solve the crime.
He was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts; he was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family.
Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him.
Edgar Allan Poe is certainly one of America's greatest and most underrated writers; perhaps underrated because he's too easily pigeon-holed as a drug-addled horror writer.
In fact, he virtually created the modern mystery tale, wrote excellent poetry & many of the images from his horror stories have passed into the iconography of our culture--recall the Tell Tale Heart episode of Cheers, with Diane following Carla around going, boom--boom, boom-boom,....
Poe (OCTOBER 1859, The Atlantic) -REVIEW: of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (APRIL 1896, The Atlantic) -ETEXT: THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM OF NANTUCKET by Edgar Allan Poe (1850) -ETEXTS: The Work of Edgar Allan Poe -ESSAY: BEYOND THE PALE WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE (Marilynne Robinson, NY Times Book Review) -ESSAY: Poe & Lovecraft (Robert Bloch) -ARTICLE: Researcher Says Rabies, Not Alcoholism, May Have Killed Poe Reporter: Christopher Shea, Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. Poe Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance By Kenneth Silverman (MICHIKO KAKUTANI, NY Times) -REVIEW: Edgar A.
Poe Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance By Kenneth Silverman (Daniel Hoffman, NY Times Book Review) -REVIEW: Harold Bloom: Inescapable Poe, NY Review of Books Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales edited by Patrick F.
His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.
In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin.