Edgar Allan Poe's writing was deeply influenced by his life. His parents died before he was 4 years old. His stepfather disinherited him and cut him out of his will. His traumatic childhood affected the writing of his stories. Let us delve deeper into Mr. Poe's life.... Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe Jr. were Edgar's parents. Edgar was born on January 9th, 1809. Elizabeth died two years later in 1811. David had deserted the family shortly before Elizabeth's death. With no parents to raise him, Poe was (not formally) adopted by John and Frances Allan. Edgar Allan Poe always wanted to be a writer. When John Allan heard of this, however, he was disappointed. He disinherited Poe, cut Poe out of his will, and acted like Poe was ungrateful for all the things that John and Frances had done for him. Poe left and enlisted in the army in 1817, but failed as an officer's cadet at West Point. Later, in 1835, he married his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm. In 1847, however, she died of tuberculosis, two years after Poe's poem “The Raven” was published. When Poe wrote “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”, he channeled his inner emotions from his past into those works. Sometimes, the old man in “The Tell-Tale Heart” is said to be John Allan, because of Poe's anger and bitterness towards his stepfather. Edgar Allan Poe's harsh life was shown through his writing. He died in 1849. His works, however, live on. Reading them will give you a glimpse into Edgar Allan Poe's experiences.