When it comes to American literature, one of the most well-known authors of all time is Edgar Allan Poe. Allan Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston and was taken in by a family in Virginia as a toddler after his father left and his mother died. Throughout his childhood and early adulthood, Allan Poe experienced poverty and in order to support himself, he enlisted in the United States Army. During his time in the Army, Allan Poe began writing poetry and some of his first books of poems were financed by his fellow cadets. During his lifetime, Allan Poe was best known as a literary critic, however after passing away in 1849, he's most recognized for his contributions to literature.
Allan Poe has an extensive bibliography, which primarily consists of short stories and poems. He's well regarded for his contributions to horror fiction, but he's also renowned for his work in the adventure, science fiction and detective fiction genres. He's work propelled the dark romanticism movement, which also included renowned authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mary Shelley and Herman Melville.
Some of his most famous works include short stories "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." Perhaps, his most recognized piece of work is his poem, "The Raven," which is recognized for his stylized language and supernatural themes. It focuses on the arrival of a talking raven and a man's descent into madness. It's had a profound impact on popular culture at large, serving as the inspiration for the Baltimore Ravens namesake. The poem was also parodied by "The Simpsons" in their original "Treehouse of Horror" episode in 1990. In this episode, Homer portrays the protagonist, while Bart depicts the raven.
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