Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Classic Reprint)

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These trifies are collected and republished chiefly with a view to their redemption from the many im provements to which they have been subjected while going at random the rounds of the press. I am naturally anxious that what I have written should circulate as I wrote it, if it circulate at all. In defence of my own taste, nevertheless, it is incum bent upon me to say that I think nothing in this volume of much value to the public, or very credit able to myself. Events'not to be controlled have prevented me from making, at any time, any serious efibrt in what, under happier circumstances, would have been the field of my choice. With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion; and the passions Should be held in reverence: they must not -they cannot at will be excited, with an eye to the paltry compensations, or the more paltry commenda tions, of mankind. E. A. P.

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Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. In 1827, he enlisted in the United States Army and his first collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems, was published. In 1835, he became the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. Over the next ten years, Poe would edit a number of literary journals including the Burton's Gentleman's Magazine and Graham's Magazine in Philadelphia and the Broadway Journal in New York City. It was during these years that he established himself as a poet, a short story writer, and an editor. His works include The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, A Descent into the Maelstrom, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Raven. He struggle with depression and alcoholism his entire life and died on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40.

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