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How Did the City of Baltimore Form Edgar Allen Poe's Work?

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Freelance Writer
Updated: 30 September 2017

Edgar Allan Poe was a literary genius who through his later years became an acclaimed writer and poet. But how was his life connected to Baltimore? What ties does he have to the city of Baltimore? Edgar Allan Poe’s work was shaped by his experiences in Baltimore and continue to impact the city to this day.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Background

Edgar Allan Poe’s family was established in Baltimore in the mid-1700s. Baltimore held great significance with him as it was where he met his wife and rooted his career. It was often said that Edgar Allan Poe even claimed Baltimore as his birthplace, even though it wasn’t the case. In Baltimore, Edgar Allan Poe began his internal revolution from poet to original short story writer.

In August 1835, Edgar Allan Poe left Baltimore for Richmond, Virginia, and later died of a mysterious death in 1849. There are many theories surrounding his death, ranging from alcoholism to diseases such as rabies.

How Baltimore Shaped Edgar Allan Poe’s Future

Baltimore shaped Edgar Allan Poe’s future by being a place of remembrance for his childhood. Not only that, but Baltimore was where he felt himself and was able to reach deeper into his creativity. Despite Edgar Allan Poe’s many travels after he moved from Baltimore, he constantly referred back to the city as a place of beautiful memories that never left him.

Baltimore Salutes Edgar Allan Poe After All These Years

On 203 North Amity Street in Baltimore, Maryland there is a little brick house. This house built in around 1830 was home to famous author and poet, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Poe, known for his famous works such as “The Raven” and “The TellTale Heart”, moved to the row house in 1833. At the time he was age 23 and freshly discharged from West Point. In the this little brick house Poe penned some famous works such as “Berenice”, “Morella”, “Enigma” and “Serenade”. Once Poe had died and his family had moved on the house changed hands many times until the 1930’s when it was set for demolition to make way for public housing. A World War One and Two veteran Richard Gimbel purchased the house. Control was then given to The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. In 1949 the Baltimore Poe House museum opened. Since then the museum was renovated in 1979 and closed in 2012. Thanks to numerous non-profit organizations the house reopened in 2013 under control of the Poe Baltimore non-profit organization. #edgarallanpoe #americanhistory #nationallandmark #author #poet #baltimore

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Baltimore pays homage to Edgar Allan Poe through a variety of ways. The main one way is through the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in which people can see where the author lived, along with artifacts showcasing his life and work. Another way Baltimore remembers Edgar Allan Poe is by means of the Baltimore Ravens team mascots; which are all ravens, and aptly named Edgar, Allan, and Poe.