Happy birthday, EdgarAllan Poe. On the 202 nd anniversary of his birth, the Twitterverse is paying tribute to the so-calledmaster of the macabre. Best-knownfor his poetry and short stories, including TheRaven , ThePit and Pendulum , and TheTelltale Heart , Poe isconsidered by many to be the inventor of American detective fiction. He famously struggled to earn a livingthrough writing alone and died broke at the age of 40, four days after beingfound delirious on the streets of Baltimore. The cause of death remains amystery.