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Polk State College Edgar Allan Poe Alexa Barral Professor Heintz LIT 1000 November 5, 2018
Barral 2 Many literary authors are often influenced by their own personal experiences. One of those authors was Edgar Allan Poe, one of the most popular writers of poetry in the nineteenth century. He wrote fiction, poetry, and criticism and was also a magazine editor. When many read- ers hear the name Edgar Allan Poe what comes in their heads are death, murders or mysteries. He was a popular writer in his era who would write about his imagination, life experiences, or hallu- cinations. Poe’s first book was “Tamerlane and Other Poems” which he self-published in 1829. Although Poe didn’t have a rainbow or sunshine lifestyle, many famous writers today are influ- enced by his work he has left behind. Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809. Poe was the son od two famous actors at the time, mother Elizabeth Arnold Poe and father David Poe Jr. Poe was an orphan when both of his parents died in 1811, when he was only three years old. “After his mother died in Richmond, Virginia, in 1811, he was taken into the home of John Allan, a Richmond merchant (presumably his godfather), and of his childless wife” (Charles). Although he was never legally adopted by the Allan’s for years it was like he was their heir. They took care of him as any adopted son would be treated. They sent him off to get an education in private aca- demic schools and took him to England for five years to stay (Encyclopedia of World). As Poe started falling for the literacy world John Allan disapproved of this decided to stop supporting Poe. Poe started at a new University in Virginia and John stop giving Poe allowances to continue to pay for college. With not enough money Poe couldn’t continue school so he turned to gam- bling to find ways to pay off school. Poe lost all his two thousand dollars he had left from his last allowance and John still refusing to help, at this point didn’t finish school Poe stormed off on his own.
Barral 3 Poe moved back to Boston and enlisted five years in the U.S. military under the name of “Edgar A. Perry”. At his time, he started to do well as a soldier and moved up into being a sergeant major and continued his writing. During his breaks and time, he had during work hours

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