Edgar Allan Poe And The Cask Of Amontillado

2158 Words May 4th, 2015 9 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe; a famous all American Poet, short story writer and critic. Some of his most famous writings include Raven and The Cask of Amontillado. His writings all include horror or some type of mystery. Edgar did not have the “white picket fence” type of life. His was like riding on a rollercoaster, full of difficulties, but he turned out to be a writing genius. But I think that alcohol, and unsupportive family impacted Poe’s writing style, as well as the difficulties in his life. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 to Eliza and David Jr, who were traveling actors, members of a repertory company in Boston. Before Edgar was three, both his parents passed away. John Allan, a wealthy tobacco farmer from Richmond, Virginia, raised him from there on, even though Allan never officially adopted him. By age 13, he had written enough poetry to publish a book, but his headmaster persuaded him not to. However, Poe attended the best schools available and went to University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1825. Although Poe was academically distinguished, he was forced to leave after less than a year due to bad debts and no financial support from Allan. He returned to Richmond to his fiancés home but found out she was engaged to someone else. In 1827, Poe published his first book, “Tamerlane” and a few other poems at age 18. Then the only mother he had ever known had died of tuberculosis. Poe enlisted in the US Military Academy at West Point. Allan…
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