Biography Of Edgar Allen Poe


Edgar Allen Poe was one of the most successful writers of all time. He
is known for his tales of the mysterious and macabre. He is reported to be the
first master of the short story form (Edgar Allen Poe). About 12 of his works
are known for their flawless literary construction. Poe had a rough childhood
which definitely contributed to his writing.
Poe was born in January 19th of 1809 in Boston. Poe was the son of
David Poe, an actor and Eliza Poe, an actress. Poe also had a sister. At age
three Poe was orphaned when he father disappeared one night and never returned
and his mother died of tuberculosis. Poe then went to a foster house where he
was adopted by John and Fanny Allen. ...

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current (Woodberry 20). At 15
Poe was the Lieutenant of the Junior Morgan Riflemen. Poe was then reviewed by
the famous Marquis De Lafayette. Poe's grandfather General Poe is where Poe
most likely got his military influence from.
In 1826 Poe enrolled into the University of Virginia. Poe wanted to
become a translator. Poe was considered to be "precisely correct" (Moldavia).
Poe also loved debating. The student life at the University of Virginia in 1826
was very chaotic. In one student riot the students threw bottles and bricks at
the professors. In Poe's letters to John Allen he often talked of violence on
campus. He once wrote of how a student was struck on the head with a stone and
then pulled out a gun and killed his attacker(Moldavia).
By the end of the year Poe had started to develop gambling debts. Poe
blamed his gambling debts on John Allen saying that he did not provide enough
for him to live on. Therefore gambling was the only way to survive. I think
that it ...

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Poe also wrote his third book Poems by Edgar A. Poe with financial help
from his friends at Westpoint. In 1832 Poe won a contest with "AMS found in a
bottle". Then in 1836 Poe married his cousin Virginia Clem whom Poe had bean
living with. Virginia was only thirteen when Poe married Virginia. Shortly
after Poe had married Virginia she contracted the deadly disease tuberculosis.
Virginia then died ten years later.
With the death of Poe's wife Poe became very depressed. Poe then became
addicted to many drugs, mainly opium and laudanum. It is also reported that he
used morphine (Mankowitz 259,729). It is said that Poe used these drugs and
drank so much because his nervous system was ...

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