Edgar Allan Poe makes most tragic artists look well-adjusted by comparison. This master of the macabre lived a life filled with scandal, tragedy, and addiction—yet somehow, his mysterious death topped it all. So who was the man behind the myth? There was a very real darkness to this legendary figure. Dive into the twisted history of Edgar Allan Poe and find out for yourself.
1. His Parents Were Actors
Before he was Edgar Allan Poe, he was just Edgar Poe, the second child of two actors, born in Boston, Massachusetts. Had things gone according to plan, maybe young Edgar would have followed them into a life on the stage—but it wasn’t meant to be. No surprises here: The infamously dark and dreary writer’s life got off to a dark and dreary start.