Edgar Allan Poe
The writings and works of Edgar Allan Poe read like an autobiographical descent into hallucinatory madness.Dealing with depression from the loss of his family and loved ones due to disease and turning to drugs and alcoholism, stigmatized for marrying his younger cousin.Poe stood by her side till the day she died.Destitute and alone Poe died at an early age suffering from depression and alcohol abuse at the age of 40.
Struggling as a writer mostly writing for journals and articles for papers most his works were not published or even recognized till posthumously after Poe had passed away.Credited as the inventor of the modern day mystery or detective story he mostly wrote poetry and short stories mostly of the Gothic variety.Once when in a moment of inspiration when he had no paper or pen to write with he wrote on his bedsheets in his own blood.
Afflicted by a nervous disorder died at the age of 40.Born in Boston on Jan.19,1809 orphaned at 3 he enlisted in the army in 1827 at 22.By Midsummer of that year he had got his first book published"Tamerlane and other Poems" through the offices of an acquaintance.On October 12th 1833 won the Baltimore weekly, Saturday Visiter periodical 50 dollar prize for his short story "Ms found in a Bottle.Around which time he started experimenting with opium.
May 16 1836 married his 14 year old cousin Virginia Clemm.Published "Murders In the Rue Morgue April of 1841.Died Oct.,7,1849 in which he was found passed out by a nearby tavern delirious and ranting he eventually died of pneumonia.His dying words were "God have pity on my poor soul".He was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery by Fayette and Green Streets his monument was eventually moved in 1875 to the SouthEast corner of the cemetery.