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Edgar Allen Poe is an artist I admire I found his work very interesting because of the life he led Throughout Edgar Allen Poes life many factors have contributed and influenced his writing style He lived a difficult life because he was raised in a dysfunctional household This is not the main factor to his writing style but it is a main factor in the understanding of Poe I think Poefs childhood affected his work a lot Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809 he grew up in Richmond VA He moved around a lot during his childhood Both of his parents were actors Edgar was the second of three children of the couple Edgarfs older brother was left with relatives because his parents were unable to care for all of them because of their health Edgar and was adopted by Frances Allen the wife of a wealthy merchant Another family took in his younger sister Edgar was two years old at the time of his adoption His stepfather was not too happy with his wife adopting a son but he supported the child despite his feelings When Edgar was five years old the family moved to Scotland for six years When he was eleven years old when his family moved to Richmond VA Edgarfs stepfather was very hard on him through out his childhood He was very wealthy businessman who disliked adopting him but did want to educate Edgar properly He sent him to an English and classical school when he was a teenager Then Edgar was sent to the university of Virginia Edgar was fond of this because he finally got a chance to get away from his tough and strict stepfather At this time Poe was very disturbed young man so he turned to alcohol for answers He was also an addicted gambler Edgar gambled up a debt he could not pay His stepfather being embarrassed
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