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Weekend Writing: Celebrating Edgar Allan Poe

In December, I devoted a Weekend Writing post to celebrate Emily Dickinson's birthday. After the success and positive feedback the post received, I decided to celebrate multiple famous authors on their birthdays--starting now with Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was not only an American writer, but he was also an editor and literary critic. Best known for his dark poetry and short stories, Poe is a central figure of Romanticism in American literature. He is generally considered the inventor of the detective genre, and he was the first writer to try to earn a living through writing alone.

How many of you have read "The Raven"? This is, without a doubt, Poe's most famous work. It was first published in January 1845 in the Evening Mirror and it quickly became a popular sensation. Poe became a household name, but he was only paid $9 for the literary piece. Can you imagine? I'm sure that was probably a lot of money back …

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