Edgar Allan Poe

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Keyanna Mapp
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Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer, critic, and editor. There are many more words that can be used to describe Poe, such as dark and mysterious. Edgar Allan Poe is famous for many short stories and poems. He captured the minds and interest of many people with his creativity and style of writing. Indeed, Edgar Allan Poe's first love was poetry, although he was unable to make a living at it early on, he was able to publish two small volumes during these early years.

Born on January 19, 1809 to David and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, Edgar was the second child of the couple. William Henry and Rosaline, both siblings of Poe never really lived together throughout Poe’s life. A year after Poe was born; his father disappeared leaving Poe with only his mother. Shortly after his father’s disappearance, Poe’s mother died of pulmonary tuberculosis. Then barely three years old, the orphaned Poe was separated from his siblings and became the foster child of a childless Richmond couple, the Allans.

Edgar’s foster father, John Allan was a successful tobacco merchant in Richmond, Virginia. While Poe and his foster mother, Frances seem to form a bond, he and John never really seemed to mix. They both had issues over money when Poe went off to school, but at the same time John gave Poe many childhood advantages. (Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, 1989) John really didn’t like the fact that Poe chose to put poetry over profit, which was another issue between the two.

Throughout Edgar’s life, he seemed to have many issues with education, but that didn’t stop him from writing. Poe started his education journey in England around 1815 when he began school in Chelsea. Between 1816 and 1820, Poe had switched from many schools in England and lived away from his family. (Southern Culture, 1989) In 1826, Poe entered the University of Virginia where he studied Latin and Poetry. While in school, Poe didn’t receive enough money from his foster...
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