Edgar Allan Poe’s House in Stoke Newington antique print. Original antique print published by Walter Besant in 1902.
The text below is from a ‘blog’ published in Reach plc’s ‘In Your Area’ dated 20th. April 2019.
On this day, 20th. April in 1841 Edgar Allan Poe’s first detective story was published.
Born Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1809.
He was orphaned at the age of two, and ‘adopted’ (although not formally) by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. Hence his middle name Allan.
The Allan family sailed to Britain in 1815 where Edgar first attended school at Irvine in Scotland.
Followed by a brief period at a boarding school in Chelsea and finally at the Reverend John Bransby’s Manor House School at Stoke Newington, in what was then the county of Middlesex.
Whilst living in Stoke Newington, the family home of the Allan’s was situated on the corner of Edward’s Lane where it ran out of Church Street (now in the London Borough of Hackney.)
In 1820 Poe moved back with the Allan’s to Richmond, Virginia.
A brief period at the University of Virginia studying ancient and modern languages was followed by odd jobs, journalism and writing under the pseudonym Henri Le Rennet.
A military career was also cut short, although attaining the rank of Sergeant-Major in the Artillery, he was not happy and eventually ‘bought’ his discharge before entering West Point where he was court-martialed for gross neglect of duty.
Throughout this period in his life, Poe had been honing his craft as a journalist and writer.
Considered by many to be one of the greatest of American writers. His ‘Gothic’ novels sold in great numbers, however, his chronic alcoholism resulted in him being plagued by poverty until the very end of his life.
He died in Baltimore in 1849 apparently after a debauched drinking session.
The actual cause of Edgar Allan Poe’s death is not known since his Death Certificate has never been found.