10 Interesting facts about Edgar Allan Poe

For anyone curious or interested to learn more about Edgar Allan Poe, here are 10 interesting facts to get started with.

  • 1. Is probably best known for the poem “The Raven”, published in 1845.
  • 2. From Boston, Poe was born Edgar Poe on January 19, 1809 and died on October 7, 1849.
  • 3. With his father leaving when he one year old, mother dying at two, he was adopted by John Allan, and adding Allan to become Edgar Allan Poe.
  • 4. He first tried to make it with poetry, getting his first poetry book published in 1827, called Tamerlane and Other Poems, and moving to stories in the early 1930’s.
  • 5. The grandfather of Edgar, David Poe, emigrated from Cavan County, Ireland to America around 1750.
  • 6. His work is often considered to be part of a dark romanticism or Gothic genre, with themes about the different aspects of death, such as the physical signs, decomposition, premature burial, the reanimation of the dead, and mourning.
  • 7. Famous quotes from Edgar Allan Poe include “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”, “I have great faith in fools, self-confidence my friends call it”, and “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary”.
  • 8. There have been 281 movies that credit Edgar Allan Poe as the writer, some of these include The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, The House of Usher, and many others.
  • 9. The circumstances of his death have become a mystery in itself, with Poe wandering around the streets of Baltimore in great distress and wearing clothes that were not his own, lending credence he was part of a cooping plot.  Cooping was a practice where citizens were forced to vote for a particular candidate, even having them change clothes to vote multiple times, but unfortunately were occasionally killed as well.
  • 10. A number of his homes are now Edgar Allan Poe museums.

Organize your writings on your own network

If you’re a writer or thinking about writing your own story, you can use an Odysen network to help organize your work.  Here are a few benefits you get from doing so:

  • Storing backups: Nothing worse than getting 90% done with a story only to have something happen to your computer (crash, stolen, virus), and you have to start over again.  On your network you can regularly upload drafts of your work to the Documents application, where you can access from any computer as well as have ready for potentially sharing with others if appropriate.
  • Using for research: While imagination can get you from one sentence to the next, often your work is based on some type of foundation or research you’ve done.  With your own network, you can organize some of this in a central place for easy reference, such as useful website links, stored papers or PDFs, photos, videos, and store notes of larger ideas or concepts.
  • Sharing with others: If you’re looking to get feedback on your work, you can either add others to your existing network or create a sub-network just for them.  From there you can import your stories from one network to another, let them know with an email notification, and the can add appropriate comments for feedback.
  • Publication: When you’re ready to try to get your story published, you can use your network to centralize a few of your activities.  This could be adding websites for various literary journals, magazines, book publishers, as well as those for DIY publishing services.  Include their blogs if available and add next steps to the Actions application.
  • Privacy: As it’s your network, you own your content and only others you’ve invited will have access to view it.  Helpful for keeping the rough drafts under wraps until the appropriate polish has been taken care of.
  • Low cost: You can get started or use on an occasional basis for free with the Basic plan, allowing you to add 50 content items, have 1 GB of storage, and create as many networks as you’d like.  Later you can upgrade to a relatively low cost plan for more active usage.

Learn more about having your own network for writing, including using the applications, the benefits, and other relevant blog articles.

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