Poe's interest in strange tales began at an early age. It is believed the poet's childhood nurse told him ghost stories in the servants' quarters.
Edgar Allen Poe. Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-10610
Master of the Macabre
Edgar Allen Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts
Influential American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic Edgar Allen Poe was born on this day in 1809. He is credited with popularizing the short story in America, and contributing greatly to the emerging genres of detective fiction and science fiction.
Poe's work is considered part of the American Romantic Movement, but don't be fooled by its name; Poe's best known publications are also classified as Gothic, or literature that combines romance, mystery, and horror, and many of his stories feature themes centered on death.
Poe was also the first well-known American writer to attempt to make a living through writing alone, a decision that resulted in a financially difficult life and career. Even his most famous poem titled "The Raven" was published for nine dollars.