face of his own Roderick Usher
He made a good record in French and Latin, read, wrote and recited poetry, tramped on the Ragged Mountains
, and did not notably exceed his companions in drinking and gambling.
But his Scotch fosterfather disapproved of his conduct and withdrew him from the University
A period of wandering followed.
He enlisted in the army and was stationed in Boston
in 1827, when his first volume, Tamerlane
, was published.
In 1829 he was in Fortress Monroe
, and published Al Aaraf
He entered West Point
in 1830, and was surely, except Whistler
, the strangest of all possible cadets.
When he was dismissed in 1831, he had written the marvellous lines To Helen, Israfel
, and The city in the sea
That is enough to have in one's knapsack at the age of twenty-two.
In the eighteen years from 1831 to 1849, when Poe
's unhappy life came to an end in a Baltimore hospital, his literary activity was chiefly that of a journalist, critic, and short story writer.
He lived in Baltimore
, and New York.
Authors who now exploit their fat bargains with their publishers may have forgotten that letter which Poe
wrote back to Philadelphia
the morning after he arrived with his child-wife in