Edgar Allan Poe: Father Of The Detective Story

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Edgar Allan Poe is considered one of America’s most influential writer and poet. His creative talents led to the beginning of different literary genres, earning him the nickname "Father of the Detective Story" among other distinctions (Biography.com Editors). His trilling tales of death and darkness brought Americans to see a different side of the loving passionate genre in literature. Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the son of David and Elizabeth Poe. David Poe was born in Baltimore. Elizabeth Arnold was an actress, born in England. She came to the United States from England in 1796. Elizabeth married David Poe after her first husband died in 1805. They had three children together, Henry, Edgar, and Rosalie …show more content…
The Allan Family took in Edgar, and they ended up adopting him. John Allan, Edgar’s stepfather, never fully accepted Edgar. John Allan, being a successful tobacco merchant gave Edgar the opportunity to grow up in good surrounding and gave him the opportunity to go to good schools. When he was six years old he went to school in England for five years, during those years, he learned Latin, French, math, and history. Edgar later on returned to America to continue his studies. When he was seventeen years old, he attended The University of Virginia in 1826. John Allan already had plenty of money, but in addition, he inherited tons on money from his uncle who died. Even though John Allan has plenty of money, he only gave Edgar about a third of what he needed for school. Edgar had to quit school less than a year later, because he was unable to afford it, and because in debt. In result, he was kicked out of The Allan home because of the debts he gained in college. He had no money, job skills or experience, and was shunned by John Allan. Edgar traveled to Boston and enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1827. At this point of his life, he was only eighteen years …show more content…
Elizabeth Poe, Edgars biological mother, died when he was only two years of age. Mrs. Allan died while he was attending The University of Virginia. The death of Mrs. Allan was tragic for Edgar, because he adored her. Before he left to study in the University of Virginia, he was secretly engaged to a lady named Elmira. Her family later sent her away because they found out about the engagement. After trying to survive through the struggles of attempting to live the military life, he ended up living with an aunt. His thirteen-year-old cousin that he married died from tuberculosis. He lived a poverty life throughout the illness of his wife, Virginia. I believe that he wrote to Virginia in his poem “Annabel Lee”. I also believe that the tragedies that he went through, throughout his life, caused him to turn to drinking and later on turn to

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