Biography of Edgar Allan Poe Essay
Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in a cheap rooming house near the Boston Common.
Meltzer, the author of one of Poe’s Biography, states that “Eliza [his mother] married a young Baltimore law student, David Poe Jr.”
Both of his parents were actors, his mother doing …show more content…
The editorial team of Edgar Allan Poe’s biography states that from 1815 to 1820, the family lived in England.
While in England, Poe got a good education at a school outside of London.
Poe attended the grammar school in Irvine, Scotland for a short period in 1815, before rejoining the family in London in 1816. There, in London, he studied at a boarding school in Chelsea until summer 1817.
In 1824, when he was fifteen and back in Richmond, Poe penned his first poem: "Last night, with many cares & toils oppres'd,/ Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest.
Poe enrolled at the University of Virginia in 1826, less than a year after the school founded by Thomas Jefferson first opened its doors to students.
Poe intentionally misstated both the date of his enrollment and the length of time he spent at college.
"In 1825 went to the Jefferson University at Charlottesville, Va.," Poe later wrote, "where for 3 years I led a very dissipated life — the college at that period being shamefully dissolute."
In 1827, Poe enlisted in the U.S. Army under the name "Edgar A. Perry."; Poe was a great soldier, rising to the rank sergeant major. In April 1829, he entered the U.S. Military