Date of Award

Summer 1952

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




In this thesis I hope to present a picture of the effect the life of Edgar Allan Poe had upon his writing. Poe was and still is a controversial figure. Many of his biographers and critics agree that the illnesses and deaths of those dearest to him and the constant pressure of outer tragic circumstances played a great part in what he put down upon paper. Others feel his drinking and dope-taking colored his outpourings. There is much emphasis placed upon his childhood days in England. Some attention is paid to his life in Richmond as a boy. There are a few on the other side who think he wrote purely from imagination -- without heart -- though these latter critics are in the minority.