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Title: Edgar Allan Poe


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Edgar Allan Poe
  • 1809-1849

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  • Born in Boston to David Poe, an alcoholic
    traveling actor, and Elizabeth Arnold, also an
    actress
  • David deserted his wife and child when Edgar was
    a baby
  • His mother died while on tour in Richmond,
    leaving Edgar an orphan before his 3rd birthday

3
  • Poe was taken in, but never formally adopted, by
    John and Frances Allan, wealthy merchants who had
    no children of their own
  • The Allans provided for Poes education and in
    1826 he entered the University of Virginia
  • Poe was forced to leave school after racking up
    large gambling debts which his adopted father
    refused to pay

4
  • Poe joined the Army under an assumed name and in
    1827 published a volume of poetry Tamerlane and
    Other Poems
  • In 1829, he published a second volume, Al Aaraaf

5
  • In 1830, John Allan helped him get into West
    Point Military Academy, but was expelled for
    academic violations within a year
  • This behavior caused a severe break in the
    relationship with John Allan
  • It is believed that Poe got himself expelled on
    purpose because Allans wife had died and he had
    remarried a younger woman who could still have
    children. Poe thought that there was no way that
    he could be Allans heir, so he quit the military
    life that Allan wanted him to have

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  • Poe moved in with his aunt, Maria Poe Clemm
  • In 1835 he married her 13-year-old daughter,
    Virginia
  • Poe supported his family by working as an editor
    at various magazines and wrote when he could find
    the time

7
  • Although he wrote many poems, and one full-length
    novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, it was
    his short stories that had the great effects on
    people

8
  • Although many of his works were greatly acclaimed
    by critics, he was never able to escape poverty
  • He died two years after his wife, alone and
    unhappy
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