Biography And Historical Context Of Edgar Allan Poe

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Biography and Historical Context Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. Edgar Allan Poe had a vast imagination that made him famous. His style of poetry was mysterious similar to his life. Poe’s actual parents were actors but he didn’t really know them. His father disappeared from the family when Poe was young and his mother died when Poe was only 3 years old. Poe was taken from his siblings and put into the arms of his foster parents John and Frances Allan in Richmond Virginia. Poe became really close with his foster mother Frances but couldn’t find a bond with his foster father, John. Instead of working, Poe chose poetry using the Allan’s business papers to write on. The Allan’s tobacco merchant company was successful but didn’t bring too much money home for the family. Poe attended the University of Virginia in 1826 but didn’t get enough money to pay for his tuition. Poe choose gambling as his way to pay for his education but quickly became in debt. When Poe came home from college he found out that his fiancée Elmira Royster had picked another man leaving Poe depressed and heartbroken. Questioning his life, Poe left the Allan’s. Poe’s career started to pick up after he published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems in 1827. Poe always dreamed of going to West Point University and after getting a chance to attend the University in 1830 he couldn’t pass it up. Before attending West Point, Poe published his second book Al Aaraaf,
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