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Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 19 1809 His father deserted the family and his mother an actress died of tuberculosis when Edgar was three Edgar went to live with his uncle John Allan and aunt Frances in Richmond Virginia In 1826 Poe entered the University of Virginia and was an exceptional student unfortunately he was forced to drop out due to immense gambling debts In March 1827 Poe enlisted in the army under the name Edgar A Perry because his uncle wanted him to become a lawyer instead of following a literary career When he was discharged from the army in 1829 he had attained the rank of sergeant major In 1830 Poe moved to Baltimore to live with his aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia and enlisted in the US Military Academy in an effort to attain his uncles respect When Frances Allan died and Poes uncle remarried Poe decided to he would never reconcile with his uncle or receive an inheritance Poe deliberately broke regulations to force his dismissal from West Point Poes literary career first began with poetry He published two volumes of poetry before he became disappointed with the lack of recognition and began to write short stories The first five of which were published in 1832 On May 16 1836 Poe married his cousin Virginia who at the time was just thirteen He worked as an editor for several magazines following his marriage and throughout his lifetime The last years of Poes life were very tragic Virginia died of tuberculosis in 1847 after five years of suffering from the illness Poe occasionally turned to alcohol to ease his despair He was able to control the drinking so it didnt affect his work despite what some critics may say In 1849 Poe became engaged to Sarah Royster Shelton On the way to the wedding on Sept 28 he stopped in
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