Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's Life Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were two traveling actors from an English theatrical family. Both of them died before Poe was three years old, which resulted in him and his two siblings living in foster care. Although not legally adopted, Poe was taken in by a Scottish tobacco exporter, John Allan. He spent most of his early life with the Allan family, besides a five-year time span when he traveled to England to attend the Manor House School. When he returned to America, he attended the University of Virginia for a single term, then withdrew because of his debts brought on by gambling. After quarreling with John Allan about the debts, Poe left the family and went to Boston where he enrolled in the military under the name Edgar A. Perry. He wrote throughout his lifetime and published his first book in 1827, which was titled Tamerlane, and Other Poems. The book received minimal attention from critics and he continued to serve in the military. In 1829, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant major and was honorably discharged at his request three months later. He went on to publish his second book Al Araaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems, which was received well by critics. After this publication, he enrolled at West Point in hopes of renewing his relationship with his wealthy guardian (May). After publishing Poems by Edgar A. Poe, Second Edition, he moved to Baltimore to live with his aunt and cousin. During this time…

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