25 Little Known Facts About Edgar Allan Poe; The Master Of Horror

It would be hard to find a literature fan anywhere in the world who wouldn’t know Edgar Allan Poe. Considered an important part of the American Romantic Movement, Poe was a great author, poet, editor, and literary critic. The most common reference to this amazing artist, however, is “The Master of Horror“. Poe is even regarded as the founder of a specific literature genre called detective fiction. His short stories are popular especially on Halloween when people retell them at night. Poe, who died exactly 165 years ago on October 7, 1849, simply created his own world, based on human fears and terrors and this world seems to amaze and attract millions of readers from all over the world. To learn more about this unique author, check out these 25 little known facts.

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His masterpiece “The Raven“ made Poe a well-known author in the USA almost overnight. There are stories of children walking behind him on the street and flapping their arms and cawing. He would play along by turning suddenly and saying "Nevermore."

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The famous creepy portrait depicting Poe as a baggy-eyed weirdo was far from what he really looked like. Actually, he was a very athletic and handsome universal sportsman, holding a record for swimming six miles up the tidal James River in Virginia.

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The American football team the Baltimore Ravens are named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem ‘The Raven’.

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Although Poe died relatively young (at the age of 40), he moved many times during his lifetime, living alternately in Richmond, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston as well as Scotland and England. His last years, however, were spent in a cottage in Bronx, New York.

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In 1827, Poe enlisted in the United States Army using the false name "Edgar A. Perry". He claimed to be 22 years old even though he was just 18.

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