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EDGAR A POE Edgar Allen Poe son of the actress Eliza Poe and actor David Poe Jr was born January 191809 His father was from a good Baltimore family and drunk heavily His mother however was a good actress but she died of tuberculosis in Richmond Virginia in December of 1811 After this at the age of 3 Edgar and his brother and sister were orphaned Edgar went to the home of John and Fanny Allan who lived in Richmond VA John Allan was a successful merchant In 1815 they went to England for five years where he attended private school Edgar was athletic and smart As Edgar got older though he started feeling worse and more lowly than the other boys He fell in love with one of his friends mother whose name was Mrs Jane Stanard Her parents disapproved of the relationship so they broke it off Though his foster father wanted him to go into business he managed to go to the University of Virginia in 1826 He then studied French Spanish Italian and Latin and could read Byron and Cambell He was in trouble from the day he stepped in Mr Allan had not given him enough money to pay for his expenses so he took to gambling and drinking He reached points where his debt was up to 2000 His father refused to pay these debts so his education ended and he decided to leave for Boston in March 1827 He there enlisted as a common soldier under the name Edgar A Perry He was stationed at Charleston for over a year he adapted well to the military discipline and moved through the ranks quickly He soon became bored of military life and he wrote to his father reconciling with him after the death of his mother in 1829 With his dads help he got discharged to West Point on July 11830 At West Point the
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