Edgar Allan Poe
(1809 - 1849)

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were - I have not seen
As others saw - I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I lov'd, I loved alone.

Edgar was born on 19th January 1809. His parents were actors. Eliza was celebrated, but David was inept and disappeared before Edgar's first birthday. Edgar was not quite three when he watched his mother die of tuberculosis. His adoptive father, John Allan, took him to Edinburgh and then to London, where he received his first five years of rigorous schooling. John Allan failed to support Edgar through University and relations between them soured until Allan died in 1834, disowning Edgar. In 1836 Edgar married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Eliza Clemm, and set up home with her and her mother in what is now the Bronx.

Independent of mind and spirit, Edgar A Poe founded and edited a number of literary magazines, and for most of his life was more famous for his criticism and his championing of American letters, than for his own writing. Poe did more than any previous writer to establish the American short story as a distinct genre and, as well as his raising of the horror story to a high literary standard, he can be credited with pioneering Science Fiction and with the invention of the modern detective story. Astonishingly, between 1835 and 1842 Poe wrote several stories in which the hero marries his beautiful cousin, who then gets ill and dies. In January 1842, Virginia showed the first signs of tuberculosis. Poe achieved his greatest success as a writer with the publication of The Raven and other poems in 1845, but remained in poverty. Virginia died on 30th January 1847. Edgar died of tuberculosis and alcohol poisoning in October 1849.

"This death was almost a suicide... a suicide prepared for a long time."
- Charles Baudelaire.

George Dillon's Tour Dates

(as of Sunday, 16 December 2018)

Show              Date                     TOWN, Venue               



Workshop Monday
14th Jan 2019
Rendcomb College


Workshop Wednesday
6th Feb 2019
Bay House School and Sixth Form

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