Edgar Allan Poe And His Adoptive Father Feuded For His Entire Life

By Karen Harris
Closeups of a very old book by Edgar A. Poe. (Photo by Herbert Gehr/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

One of the best-known American writers and poets, Edgar Allan Poe, wrote stories that were often dark and macabre, with bizarre twists. The author of The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Pit and the Pendulum was unmistakably troubled, and it wouldn't be surprising if it stemmed from the trauma of his mother's death and his father's abandonment in his early childhood. "Daddy issues," as they say. To make matters worse, Poe and his adoptive father didn't exactly get along smashingly. Let's look at Poe's paternal conflicts.