The October wind can send a chill down your back and so can the “Books with Bite” being promoted for Teen Read Month at the library. One of the writers with a knack for giving readers the chills is Edgar Allan Poe. We are presenting two of his poems, “The Conqueror Worm” and “Spirits of the Dead” to get you in the mood for a month full of chills as you read some “books with bite.”
Edgar Poe was born January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts to two struggling actors, David and Elizabeth Poe. After his mother died in 1811, he was taken in by the Allan family who did not have children of their own. Poe attended several boarding schools, the University of Virginia, and West Point, but never stayed at any school for very long.
He always returned to writing poems and short stories and had some success with publishing, but he struggled to build a solid career from writing. Poe was a difficult man to work with and had a severe drinking problem, which discouraged employers. After much heartbreak, especially after the death of his wife, Poe died on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown, but it is believed to have been influenced greatly by alcohol.
Hervey Allen states “As he had lived so he died-in great misery and tragedy.”
Thank you to Jana Moring, Development Officer, and Greg Stapp, Coordinator of ILL, Delivery and Home Services, for providing their voices and enthusiasm to this project.,
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