Poe disliked fellow 19th century author Nathaniel Hawthorne because he felt that too many of Hawthorne's stories were copies of his.
Poe's picture appears on the cover of the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
To Lenore was the original title of Poe's most famous poem, The Raven.
Poe had two older siblings: brother William and sister Rosalie.
Parents, David and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, were traveling actors.
Poe was featured on a 3 cent U.S. Postage Stamp issued in 1949.
Poe lived in New York for a while near where present day Fordham University stands.
At the time of his death, Poe was engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster, a widow and old flame from his younger days.
Mark Twain disliked Poe's works saying that many of them were unreadable.
Today there are Poe Museums in Richmond, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.
The NFL's Baltimore Ravens took their nickname after Poe's best known poem.
Poe had a keen interest in cryptography as was exemplified by his short story The Gold Bug.
Actor John Astin has starred in a one-man play based on Poe's life and works entitled Edgar Allan Poe: Once Upon a Midnight.
British playwright George Bernard Shaw called Poe the greatest literary critic of his time.
The character of Lenore in Poe's poem The Raven is based on his wife, Virginia.
Poe influenced such writers as Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Arthur Conan Doyle, and H. P. Lovecraft.
The Mystery Writers of American have named their award for excellence the Edgars after Poe.
Poe wrote three stories which featured a detective named C. Auguste Dupin: Murders in the Rue Morgue, Mystery of Marie Roget, and The Purloined Letter.
Beginning in 1949, Poe's grave in Baltimore has been visited every year by a mysterious man wearing a cape who toasts Poe and leaves behind a half-full bottle of cognac and three red roses.
Poe is buried in Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore.
On October 5, 1849, Poe was found wandering on the streets of Baltimore in a delirious condition. He was taken to a hospital where he died four days later.
Poe began drinking heavily and became increasingly unstable after his wife's death.
Poe's wife, Virginia, died in New York in 1847 from tuberculosis.
Poe once feuded with fellow author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Poe married his 13 year old cousin, Virginia Clemm, on May 16, 1836.
Poe began editing the Southern Literary Messenger in December of 1835.
Poe's foster father disowned him after his dismissal from West Point.
In 1829, Poe's foster father got him an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point but he was expelled after only a short stay.
Poe's first book was Tamerlane and Other Poems, published in 1827.
Poe served two years in the Army before being discharged with the rank of sergeant.
Poe enlisted as a private in the United States Army using the name Edgar A. Perry in 1827.
Poe became estranged from his foster father, John Allan, over gambling debts incurred while he was in college.
Poe enrolled at the University of Virginia in 1826 but only remained there one year.
Poe attended school in England from 1818 to 1820.
After the death of his parents, Poe was taken into the home of John Allan, a Richmond, VA tobacco merchant.
Poe's parents passed away when he was three years old.
Poe: Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.
Poe: I have great faith in fools. Self-confidence my friends call it.
Poe: Beauty of whatever kind in its supreme development invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
Poe: Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
Poe: All religion is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Poe: Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
Poe: If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
Poe: Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
Poe: There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.
Poe: With me poetry has not been a purpose but a passion.