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EDGAR ALLEN POE Edgar Allen Poe is mainly known for his personal life rather than his great ability to write short stories Rumors include his problem with alcoholism and drug addiction In reality though Edgar Allen Poe had a talent for writing stories of horror and suspense and also for creating Americas short story form Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 19 1809 His father David Poe was from a Baltimore family He was an actor barely making a living and a heavy drinker Poes mother Elizabeth Arnold Poe was also in the acting business She became a widow at the age of eighteen Two years after his birth she died of tuberculosis When his mother died Poe was adopted by John Allen Edgar had gotten his middle name from him His brother and younger sister were sent off to two different families In 1815 John Allen moved his family to England While there Poe was sent to private schools After living in England for several years the Allens moved back to Richmond Virginia When Poe reached his teenage years tensions developed between Mr Allen and himself The Allens were very wealthy but Mr Allen disapproved of Edgars actions so he decided that he would not inherit any of the familys wealth In the spring of 1826 Poe entered the University of Virginia John Allen did not support his tuition well enough so Poe turned to gambling to get money Finally after months of disputes Poe left the Allens home and went out on his own In May of 1827 Poe enlisted in the army as a common soldier under the name Edgar A Perry He was stationed on Sullivans Island in Charleston Harbor for over a year Poe quickly rose to the rank of regimental sergeant major After a while he got tired of the same daily routine involved in military life He ended up getting discharged for gross
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