Edgar Allan Poe Biography

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Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809 and died on October 17, 1849. To this day he is a very inspiring writer. Poe was most famous for his poems and short fiction stories. Some of his great poems are "To Helen" and "Israfel", which came out in the book Poems By: Edgar Allan Poe in1831. Some good stories are "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".

When Edgar Allan Poe was born his parents was David Poe jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins. But Poe's parents died before he was three years old. Poe was taken into the home of John Allan in Richmond, VA a few months later Poe and Allan moved to England where Poe attended Manor School at Stoke Newington which was a boarding school where he studied for five years. After those five years Poe went back to America to attend the University of Virginia, but he left after one year because of gambling debts he refused to pay.

After Poe left the university came and tried to get the money out of Allan but he refused to pay his foster Childs debt that Poe owed. In 1826 Poe got engaged to Elmira Royster but Roysters parents broke of the engagement.

After dropping out he wrote a book called Tamerlane. In 1837 after he wrote the book he was enlisted in the army as Edgar A. Perry. He was sent to Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, which provided setting for 'The Gold Bug' and 'The Balloon Hoax'. After Sullivan's Island he was off to West Point, he was discharged the year after for disobeying his orders intentionally. After the army in 1833 he went to Baltimore to live with his father's sister, Mrs. Maria Clemm. After winning a...