Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Beer
The Raven was brewed in honour of the great American writer, Edgar Allan Poe, who, through his pen, eloquently expressed himself like no other. Through his exquisite poems, short stories and criticisms, Poe captured the imagination of the world. The Raven is brewed in Baltimore, the home of Poe, in honour of this classic poem. A master of the macabre, Poe is captured in The Raven.
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849, The American short-story writer, poet, editor, publisher and literary critic whose masterful work led to the creation of The Raven beer in his honor.
Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809 and the grandson of a Baltimore Revolutionary War patriot, David Poe Sr. Orphaned at three years of age, he was raised by a Richmond merchant, John Allan, and later took Allan as his middle name. Educated at a private school in England (1815-1820), Poe then entered the University of Virginia, but soon left to pursue a literary career. In 1827, he published anonymously at his expense 'Tamerlane and Other Poems'. As a result of tension between Edgar and his stepfather, Poe entered the military under an assumed name and then to West Point Military Academy in 1830, but was dismissed the following year for neglecting his duty.
He returned to Baltimore to live again with aunt, Maria Poe Clemm in a home located on Amity street. It was here that Poe began to write short stories instead of poetry. He soon won a $50 prize offered by a Baltimore newspaper for "MS Found in a Bottle" in 1833. This eventually landed him editorial position on the Southern Literary Messenger (1835). The same year, Edgar's grandmother, Elizabeth died and he moved to Richmond in 1836.
That year he married his 13-year old cousin and Poe had published numerous reviews, essays, poems and stories. He moved to New York and then to Philadelphia where he wrote 'The Fall of the House of Usher' (1839) and 'Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque' (1840). The same year he began his own journal, The Penn and its failure led to him becoming literary editor of Graham's Magazine (1841-42) to which he contributed 'Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Imp of the Perverse', and 'The Masque of the Red Death'.
In 1843, he freelanced 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'The Black Cat', 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and the prize winning 'The Gold Bug'. In 1845, Poe purchased the Broadway Journal and published 'Tales' and 'The Raven'. The Journal folded in 1845 and his young wife died in 1847.
The strain of business failures and the tragic death of his wife from consumption led to a nervous breakdown and to his early death in Baltimore in 1849. Published in his later years were the philosophical poem 'Eureka' and the poems 'Ulalume', and 'Annabel Lee'.
The cause of his death remains a mystery. Despite many theories surrounding his death (e.g., alcohol, liver disease and recently rabies), no exact cause has ever been proven. His remains now rest along with his wife and aunt under a monument dedicated to him in Westminster Graveyard in downtown Baltimore.
For more information about Poe, please visit the Poe society website http://www.eapoe.org/.
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