One of the most famous writers in the modern era, Edgar Allan Poe was born on the 19th of January, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Did you know he lived briefly in Irvine? He would also visit family in Kilmarnock and even had a day-trip to Arran.
As for his writing he was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story genre, and came to be considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre, and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He has also been described as one to the first authors to have made, or attempted to make, his living solely from writing. Among his best known works are The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
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