This Day in Pop Culture for January 19

Edgar Allan Poe was Born on January 19, 1809.

Edgar Allan Poe is Born

America’s original Goth, Edgar Allan Poe was born on this day in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe worked as an editor at the Southern Literary Messenger, married his 13-year-old cousin, Virgina Clemm and published his first full-length work of fiction, Arthur Gordon Pym in 1838. After losing his job due to heavy drinking, he and his bride moved to Philadelphia where he began working as an editor for Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine and Graham Magazine. It was during this time that he became known for his dark horror stories of The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart. He wrote The Raven in 1844 while living in New York City. Later, his wife died of tuberculosis in 1847. He followed suit two years later at the age of 40.

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