Edgar Allan Poe Biography

By: Jenna McLain

☼ Birth date: January 19, 1809 ☽

➳Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

➳Edgar Allan Poe never really knew his parents.

➳His father had left the family early. His mother passed away when he was three.

➳Poe was separated from his siblings after parents had passed.

☼Early life as Edgar Allan Poe ☽

✰Edgar's parents were actors.

✰Poe was an short-story writer, poet, critic, and editor.

✰ After parents death, Poe was sent to live with John and Frances Allan in Richmond, Virginia.

✰Through 1815-1821 Poe was educated in England.

✰When Edgar got back in 1826, he went to The University of Virginia.

✰Seeing Poe and his foster father John didn't have exactly the best relationship, Poe didn't receive enough funds for college from John.

✰In desperate need of money, Poe turned to gambling which resulted in him ending up in debt. Soon to drop out of college.

☼ Mid life as Edgar Allan Poe ☽

⌁When Poe got back from college, his fiancee Elmira Royster had engaged with someone else while Poe was gone at college.

⌁Poe soon moved out.

⌁In 1830 Poe joined the army at West Point from winning a spot there.

⌁Edgar Allan Poe may have succeeded in his studies, but Poe was kicked out after a year due to poor handling of his duties.

⌁Focusing on his writing, Poe moved around from the states of New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Richmond.

⌁Throughout 1831-1835 Poe moved in with his aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia in Baltimore.

⌁Poe fell for his cousin Virginia and in 1836, The two married each other with Virginia only being the age of 13.

⌁The newlyweds moved to Richmond soon after.

☼ Later life as Edgar Allan Poe ☽

∞ In 1837 Poe dropped out of a magazine which he had been previously publishing his work in.

∞ Poe began to have alcohol issues.

∞ Even with his problems with alcohol, Poe continued to write stories and poems.

∞ In 1847 Poe's wife died which resulted in grief and agony for Poe.

∞ Poe still persevered through life even though he was suffering from poor health and financial issues.

☼ Death Date: October 7, 1849 ☽

♕ After the death of Poe's wife, he decided to move away from Richmond in September 1848.

♕ Poe was supposedly on his way to Philly but was found in Baltimore in great distress.

♕ Poe was then taken to The Washington College Hospital.

♕ Poe later died on October 7, 1849.

♕ His last words were, "Lord, help my poor soul."

♕ Although everyone has multiple theories, no one really knows how and why he died.