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Edgar Allan Poe was a bizarre and often scary writer People throughout history have often wondered why his writings were so fantastically different and unusual They were not the result of a diseased mind as some think Rather they came from a tense and miserable life Edgar Allan Poe was not a happy man He was a victim of fate from the moment he was born to his death only forty years later He died alone and unappreciated It is quite obvious that his life affected his writings in a great way In order to understand why the historical background of Poe must be known Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 19 1809 His parents were touring actors and both died before he was three years old After this he was taken into the home of John Allan a prosperous merchant who lived in Richmond Virginia1 When he was six he studied in England for five years Not much else is known about his childhood except that it was uneventful In 1826 when Poe was seventeen years old he entered the University of Virginia It was also at this time that he was engaged to marry his childhood sweetheart Sarah Elmira Royster He was a good student but only stayed for a year He did not have enough money to make ends meet so he ran up extremely large gambling debts to trying make more money Then he could not afford to go to school anymore John Allan refused to pay off Poes debts and broke off his engagement to Sarah Elmira Royster Since Poe had no other means of support he enlisted in the army By this time however he had written and printed his first book Tammerlane and Minor Poems 18292 After a few months though John Allan and Poe were reconciled Allan arranged for Poe to be released from the army
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