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. Poe then at age six moved to England where he
attended private schools.
As a teen Poe was very gifted in foreign language.
He wrote some of his
early works in both French an Latin. At age fifteen Poe had already written
enough works to publish a book but John would not allow it. Poe was also very fit
as a teen. Poe was supposedly a very fast swimmer and runner. It is reported that
Poe once as a teen swam the James river from Lundhams Wharf to Warwick Bar
which is six miles against a strong 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...