Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe
Born: 19-Jan-1809
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Died: 7-Oct-1849
Location of death: Baltimore, MD
Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Remains: Buried, Westminster Hall and Burial Grounds, Baltimore, MD Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author, Poet
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Raven
Military service: US Army (1827-29, Sgt. Major)
American poet, writer of fiction and critic, was born at Boston, Massachusetts, on the 19th of January 1809. The family was of English origin, but was settled in Ireland, from where the poet's great-grandfather emigrated to Maryland. His grandfather, David Poe, served with credit as a soldier in the War of Independence, was known to George Washington, and was the friend of the Marquis de Lafayette. His son David Poe was bred as a lawyer, but deeply offended his family by marrying an actress of English birth, Mrs. Elizabeth Hopkins, neé Arnold, and by himself going on the stage. In 1811 he and his wife died, leaving three children -- William, Edgar, and a daughter Rosalie -- wholly destitute. William died young, and Rosalie became mad. Edgar was adopted by John Allan, a tobacco merchant of Scottish extraction, seemingly at the request of his wife, who was childless. The boy was indulged in every way, and encouraged to believe that he would inherit Allan's fortune. Allan, having come to England in 1815, placed Edgar in a school at Stoke Newington, kept by a Dr. Bransby. In 1820 Allan returned to Richmond, Virginia, and Edgar was first placed at school in the town and then sent to the university of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1826. Here the effects of a very unwise training on a temperament of inherited neurotic tendency were soon seen. He was fond of athletics, and was a strong and ardent swimmer; but he developed a passion for gambling and drink. His disorders made it necessary to remove him, and he was taken away by Allan, who refused to pay his debts...
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