Edgar Allan Poe

Ian Keyes

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Who was Edgar Allan Poe; who was his family?

Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts to David and Elizabeth Poe who were both actors. His two siblings were William Henry Leonard Poe, who became a poet, and Rosalie Poe, who became a school teacher. His Mother and father both died very soon after he was born. Later he was adopted by John and Francis Allen. This last name became Poe's middle name. John Allen was a merchant who sent him to a university when he was 17. Poe went in to debt soon and got no support from his adopted father. Later on his aunt, Maria Clemm became a new mother to him. After living with Maria and her daughter, he married Virginia Clem when she was 13.

What was Poe's life like?

Poe's natural born mother and father both died when he was very young and his adoptive mother also died of tuberculosis. Throughout his life, Poe's earnings fluctuated from bad to good. His wife, Virginia also died of tuberculosis at a young age. Of course Poe felt depressed, almost all of his loved ones died of tuberculosis while he was around them. In fact, Poe's wife and Poe's mother died at the same age. On October 7, 1849, Poe died of mysterious circumstances, and their are also multiple theories of how he died.

What kind of books did Poe write, and what did he give to the world?

In 1827, Poe's first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems was published. He mainly wrote horror and mystery. He is probably best known for writing The Raven, which was published in January, 1845. It's believed that he used the tragedies from his life to write his stories and poems. Overall, Poe's writing has set a standard for horror and poetry, and has encouraged more people to enjoy poetry.
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