Edgar Allan Poe, Jr.

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The author, Edgar Allan Poe, was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts to traveling actors David Poe, Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe. He was the second child of three children or otherwise stated as the middle child. His older brother, William Henry Leonard Poe also became a poet and his younger sister, Rosalie Poe taught penmanship at Richmond girls’ school. In 1810, Edgar’s father David Poe Jr. left the family, leaving them in poverty. His mother, Elizabeth Hopkins Poe died of pulmonary tuberculosis when Edgar was at the age of three. Poe was sent away to live under the roof of John Allan, who was a considerably wealthy merchant and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia. His siblings were sent to live with other foster parents. John Allan and Frances Valentine Allan never formally adopted Edgar Poe, however they treated him as their own, going as far as officially changing his name to Edgar Allan Poe instead of the name he was given at birth, Edgar Poe. John Allan urged Edgar Allan Poe to become a businessman like himself, but Edgar longed to be a writer with aspirations of being like his childhood hero, British poet Lord Byron. In 1826, Poe attended the University of Virginia. Poe accumulated massive debts from gambling and blamed John Allan for not giving him enough funds to pay for college and adequate living conditions. Ashamed of his poverty, Poe dropped out of the University of Virginia. Edgar Allan Poe later went back
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