Born Edgar Poe January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was orphaned young when his mother died and considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre.
In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845 Poe published his poem, "The Raven", to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication.
On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.
Poe spent the last few years of his life in this small cottage in the Bronx, New York.