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Many authors have made great contributions to the world of literature Mark Twain introduced Americans to life on the Mississippi Thomas Hardy wrote on his pessimistic views of the Victorian Age Another author that influenced literature is Edgar Allan Poe Poe is known as the father of the American short story and father of the detective story To understand the literary contributions of Edgar Allan Poe one must look at his early life his literary life and a summary of two of his famous works Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston Inglis 505 on January 19 1809 Asselineau 409 He was born to a southern family that were in a traveling company of actors Inglis 505 His father David Poe was from a Baltimore family He was an actor by profession and a heavy drinker Soon after Edgar Allan Poe was born he left his family Poes mother Elizabeth Arnold Poe was a widow at the age of eighteen Two years after his birth she died of tuberculosis Asselineau 409 When his mother died Poe was adopted by John Allan Perry XI at the urging of Mr Allans wife In 1815 John Allan moved his family to England While there Poe was sent to private schools Asselineau 410 In the spring of 1826 Poe entered the University of Virginia There he studied Spanish French Italian and Latin He had an excellent scholastic record He got into difficulties almost at once Mr Allan did not provide him with the money to pay for his fees and other necessities Poe was confused and homesick He learned to play cards and started drinking Soon he was in debt in excess of two thousand dollars Poe discovered that he could not depend upon Allan
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