This 32-slide power point presentation is designed to introduce psycho-biographical aspects of Edgar Allan Poe's preoccupation with loss, deterioration, death and the dark side of the psyche. Places Poe in the Realms of Darkness in American Romanticism. Main points listed and summary provided. Clear, visually appealing. Recommended web sites listed as well as image credits. A compact, informative resource. Please note: You can purchase "A Day with Edgar Allan Poe" board game for just $29.00, which includes not only this PP presentation on "Major Life Influences on Edgar Allan Poe's Work," but also ones on "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Raven," and "The Black Cat," as well as a beautifully illustrated 18" X 18" quad-fold board game, complete with color-picture question cards, pawns, die, and directions. The board game is a unique "test review" for a unit on Poe. Students will love it!