Biography Of Edgar Allen Poe


Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, grew up in Richmond, Virginia,
and in his many restless moves, lived in half a dozen Eastern cities. His
true home was always in the "misty mid region of Weir" of his own fertile
and troubled imagination.
His father was David Poe, a Baltimore actor. His actress mother,
Elizabeth, born of English parents, had come to the United States as a
child. The two were not notably talented; they played minor roles in rather
third-rate theatrical companies. Between them they barely managed to make a
living.
Edgar was the second of their three children. About the time the
third child was born, the father died, or disappeared, and Mrs. Poe came ...

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was the more attracted to handsome little
Edgar. She took him home with her, and another family took Rosalie. This
was in 1811, long before Juvenile Courts and official custody of orphaned
children.
Mrs. Allan would have liked to adopt Edgar, but her husband was
unwilling to commit himself to a step of such permanence. The acting
profession was despised at that time and even considered immoral. John
Allan could not help regarding the little son of actor parents as a
questionable person to inherit his name and the fortune he was busy
accumulating. He was willing however, to support the child, and in time
came to be proud of Edgar's good looks and intelligence.

England and Home Again

When Edgar was six years old, Mr. Allen's business took him to
Scotland, the country from which he had come originally. The family stayed
in Scotland and England for five years.
Edgar went to school for a time at the Irvine Grammar School in
Irvine, Scotland, and for several years ...

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attended by sons of the more fashionable families in Richmond. Edgar
began to feel the difference between these boys and himself.
His foster father's unwillingness to adopt him rankled in him. He
bitterly resented chance, slighting references to his actress mother. His
response was to be more arrogant than his supposed "betters". His sense of
injury made itself evident at home in fits of temper and rebellion for
which there seemed to the family no justification.
Mr. Allan was a hard-headed business man with no patience for such
vagaries. He handled the situation without tact by reminding the boy of his
"disreputable" parentage; he reproached him for his lack of ...

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