Edgar Allen Poe
19th century was a tormented artist. He struggled to become the accomplished author he is
unhappy lifetime, he struggled to make ends meet.
gave Poe only a small allowance, and the young man soon began owing money. He
nervous and unstable, and he began to drink. Despite his frequenting liquor, he could
never hold it well. He would easily become ill from the alcohol. Allan angrily withdrew
Poe from school, and a few months later Poe left home.
when he entered a short-story contest and won a prize of 50 dollars for the story “MS.
married his cousin Virginia, who was only 13, and Mrs. Clemm stayed with the couple.
The Poes had no children.
The Southern Literary Messenger soon attracted attention, and he looked for wider
praised, but he was still paid little. His efforts to organize his own magazine were
unsuccessful. For the next two years he turned again to free-lance writing.
For one of the most well-known and talented writers of our time, Poe had to
struggle for any kind of monetary reconcilement for his genius works. The papers he
worked for gained many readers who would buy only for Poe’s stories. It seems to me