Essay on Edgar Allan Poe And His New Family Ties

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Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 to parents Elizabeth and David Poe. Baby Edgar lived at home with his parents, brother, and sister; all seemed to be well in the Poe home until 1810, when Edgar was roughly a year old. David and Elizabeth separated, leaving the children with only one parent to care for them. Things went on this way for another two years until Elizabeth Poe, Edgar’s mother, became very sick. On December 8, 1811, Elizabeth Poe died from a long bout with Tuberculosis, and David Poe had passed away as well. Three year old Edgar and his siblings were sent to different homes in which they would be raised. Edgar was taken in by John and Frances Allan, who changed Edgar Poe’s name to Edgar Allan Poe to show his new family ties, but never officially adopted him. Though Edgar Allan Poe faced complicated situations throughout his life, he still managed to become a well-known and successful author. In 1812, at the age of about three or four, Edgar Allan Poe begins to show his true colors; he was already “showing interest and capability in poetry” (Edgar Allan Poe Museum). The Allans moved to England for about five years, consequently, young Edgar attended grade school in London, as well as in the suburbs of Stoke-Newington (Edgar Allan Poe Museum). When the Allans, along with Edgar, move back to Richmond, Virginia, Edgar begins the completion of his childhood schooling at the age of twelve, until he is sixteen years old; as a child in school Edgar “[showed]…

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