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Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19 1809 in Boston to Elizabeth and David Poe Both Elizabeth and David Poe were professional actors Elizabeth Poe was praised by critics for her fine acting while David Poe often received negative reviews In July of 1810 David Poe left his family without any explanation Five months after he left Elizabeth gave birth to a third child Rosalie Elizabeth Poe soon grew ill with the most common fatal disease of that time tuberculosis Then in December of 1811 Elizabeth Poe died at the age of twenty - four After her death Rosalie went to live with a kind woman who helped take care of Elizabeth Mrs William Mackenzie while Edgar was sent to live with his godfather Mr and Mrs John Allan John Allan was a tobacco exporter in Richmond Virginia while his wife Francis raised Poe as a foster child but never legally adopted him Poe lived with the Allans in England from 1815-820 where he attended private school At first Poe attended school in Scotland but persuaded John Allan to bring him home where he attended school in Chelsea a section of England Then at the age of nine Poe switched schools to one in Stoke Newington a suburb of London However around 1820 John Allans business began to plummet He managed to make one final profitable deal in England and booked a shipboard passage for himself and his family back to America In May of 1820 the family sailed from Liverpool to New York Poe attended the University of Virginia in 1826 where he was an outstanding student He attended classes from seven to nine in the morning which gave him time for his scholarly pursuits He took his exams in the fall with pleasing results He received second place in Latin first place in French and won the praise of his European professors Poe had many financial difficulties
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