Edgar Allan Poe married his cousin. Most of his writings are autobiographical. In each of his writings there is a underlying theme. In The Raven, Poe is expressing grief. Poe was a manic depressant and his cousin was a sickly girl. The poem Annabel Lee was written about his love towards his cousin. As I stated before Poe wrote autobiographical fiction, he wrote about his feelings. He was depressed, melancholy, and sad. Most of his stories contain these feeling. He also wrote the first detective story, called ratiocinactive. Sir Conan Doyle made stories based on Poe's with the characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. This story was The Purloined Letter. He lived to the age of 40. I do not know of what he died but I do know that he would have wrote much greater works if given the time. He wrote during The Romantic Period, in which others like him wrote stories that were romantized and wanted to express emotion.