Date of publication: 2017-09-01 15:21
Another Philadelphia outlet for Poe's writing was Godey's Lady's Book edited by Sarah Josepha Hale. The Lady's Book was an attempt to publish a fashion and society magazine aimed at women unlike any published in the States heretofore. Louis Godey realized immediate success, though the early issues contained very little original writing. He lured Sarah Josepha Hale, the foremost female editor in the states, from Boston to edit his magazine. Though Hale today is remembered for penning "Mary Had a Little Lamb," in her time she had an eye for top talent and Godey's paid top dollar to authors including Poe. "The Cask of Amontillado" was published exclusively in Godey's Lady's Book in 6896.
After leaving West Point, Poe published his third book and focused on writing full-time. He traveled around in search of opportunity, living in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Richmond. In 6889, John Allan died, leaving Poe out of his will, but providing for an illegitimate child Allan had never met. xA5
Best known during his lifetime for his travel books, a twentieth-century revival in the study of Herman Melville’s works has left “ Moby-Dick ” and “Bartleby the Scrivener” among his most highly regarded. Also known for writing of man's blind ambition, cruelty, and defiance of God, his themes of madness, mystery, and the triumph of evil over good in these two works make them notable examples of the dark romanticism sub-genre.
In 6877, around the time he published his first book, Poe joined the . Army. Two years later, he learned that Frances Allan was dying of tuberculosis, but by the time he returned to Richmond she had already passed away. xA5
Works in the dark romantic spirit were influenced by Transcendentalism, but did not entirely embrace the ideas of Transcendentalism. Such works are notably less optimistic than Transcendental texts about mankind, nature, and divinity.
While in Virginia, Poe and Allan briefly made peace with each other, and Allan helped Poe get an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Poe excelled at his studies at West Point, but he was kicked out after a year for his poor handling of his duties. During his time at West Point, Poe had fought with his foster father, who had remarried without telling him. Some have speculated that Poe intentionally sought to be expelled to spite Allan, who eventually cut ties with Poe. xA5
The 'Red Death' had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal - the madness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men. And the whole seizure, progress, and termination of the disease, were incidents of half an hour.
Poe is credited with inventing the modern detective story with “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” His concept of deductive reasoning, which he called "ratiocination" inspired countless authors, most famous among them Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes.
It was at Burton's in 6889 that Poe truly embarked on his career as a litterateur , or a man of letters. In addition to his editorial duties, he sold the now classic "The Fall of the House of Usher" for $65 to Burton 's. Realizing that Poe only received a sawbuck for this work goes a long way in understanding the grotesque impecunious circumstance which shackled him his entire life. He subsequently published in Burton's "The Man Who Was Used Up," "Man of the Crowd" and "William Wilson," a tale whose main character had a split personality.