OCTOBER SCAVENGER CHALLENGE - EDGAR ALLAN POE on Crazy Challenge Connection on Goodreads
October 1 - 31, 2014
Halloween is approaching quickly and the ghosties and ghoulies are circling! What better way to celebrate than with Mr. Spooky himself - Edgar Allan Poe??
1. Edgar Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston to parents who were both actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810 and Poe’s mother died the following year. John and Frances Allan took the boy in, and though they never formally adopted him, their family name became part of Poe’s, thus the more familiar moniker, Edgar Allan Poe.
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2. Poe published his first book anonymously in 1827. Tamerlane and Other Poems was a slim, 40 page volume which sold only 50 copies and received no critical attention.
►Read a book whose author’s first or last initial may be found in TAMERLANE. A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster
3. 1827 saw Edgar quarreling bitterly with his “stepfather” over debts. His “stepmother” died that year and Mr. Poe enlisted in the army using a pseudonym. In 1829 after failing as an officer’s cadet, Poe left West Point and cut off his relationship with John Allan.
►Read a book where a character purposely ends a relationship. Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan
4. Poe was the first well-known American writer to try to make a living by writing alone. He was an author, poet, editor, and literary critic. He is best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. Poe was one of the first American writers to publish short stories and is credited with the invention of detective fiction. In spite of all this, Edgar Allen Poe struggled financially all his life.
►Read a mystery featuring a detective (P.I. or police) Immortal in Death by JD Robb
5. Virginia Clemm, Poe’s 13 year old cousin, and Edgar Allan were married in 1835. Virginia died just a few years later in 1847 from tuberculosis. Biographers often suggest that Poe's frequent theme of the "death of a beautiful woman" stems from the repeated loss of women throughout his life, including his mother and his wife.
►Read a book in which either a funeral occurs Blue Skies by Robyn Carr
6. On January 29, 1845, the poem "The Raven" appeared in the Evening Mirror and it made Poe a household name almost instantly. In spite of the poem’s success, he was paid only $9 for its publication. ►Read read the 9th book in a series All Summer Long by Susan Mallery
7. Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, in Baltimore. He was only 40 years old and the cause of his death is unknown. Alcoholism, drug use, cholera, tuberculosis, brain congestion, heart disease, rabies, and suicide have been attributed at one time or another as the cause of death.
►Read a book in which a character dies young. Filthy Beautiful Love by Kendall Ryan
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