Edgar Allan Poe finalrevised.docx - Professor Rock Neelly Eng-103-41 30 September 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston

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Professor Rock Neelly Eng-103-41 30 September 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout his life, he became famous for many of his written works. Poe's works ranged from poems to short stories, and he became infamous by dabbling in a variety of genres- from science fiction to satire. Poe is also popular because he is credited with writing the first detective stories. Most people study Edgar Allan Poe's work at some point throughout their education, but despite his infamy Poe's life remains somewhat of a mystery, and therefore writing his biography is something of a challenge. For over 150 years, legions of scholars, literary people, journalists and general Poe devotees have tried to capture Edgar Allan Poe’s complex personality and enshrine it forever in paper and ink. They have exhaustively chased every conceivable source to fill in the details of his life. According to the Edgar Allan Poe society of Baltimore's article “Poe's Problematic Biography,” “Despite all the efforts to put together a comprehensive picture of Poe's life, many details still remain speculative. Poe intentionally manipulated his public image in order to sell more of his writings, and therefore many of the important events in his life remain a mystery even to the most devout Poe researcher (Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore). Edgar Poe was orphaned at the age of two years old when his parents, David Poe, Jr., and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, died. He was taken in by a wealthy tobacco exporter and his wife, the Allans. Poe was never officially adopted by the couple, but when he was baptized he took their last name and became Edgar Allan Poe, and the couple became his godparents (May 2). Poe attended a variety of schools throughout his childhood, and was eventually sent to a boarding school in England where he studied French, Latin, History, and Literature, among other things (“Knowing Poe”). He attended the
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University of Virginia for less than a year, but withdrew when he found himself in gambling debt that his godfather did not pay. He then did a small stint in the army and attended West Point Academy for a
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