Birth of Renowned Writer Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Poe’s work, featuring dark themes of death and violence, is a reflection of his tormented and tragic life. His father abandoned the family when Edgar was only a year old. His mother, actress Elizabeth Arnold Poe, died when he was only two. Eerily, the Richmond Theater, where she gave her last performance, burned to the ground a few days later, killing 72 people.