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Edgar Allan Poe was a great writer who was born in Boston January 19 1809 He died on October 7 1849 He was a writer known for his poems and short stories He was the son of David Poe Jr and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Both of Poes parents were members of the Boston Theatre His father had served as Deputy Quartermaster General of Baltimore during the Revolution Edgar Poes parents separated and upon the death of his mother Elizabeth in 1811 in Richmond he was taken in by Mr John Allan and Mrs Frances Allan and was known as Edgar Allan Edgar Allan Poe studied in England for five years In 1826 he entered the University of Virginia but was forced to leave due to debt He moved to Boston where he published his first collection of poetry Tamerlane and Other Poems He then served in the Army through 1827-1829 after that he published his second collection of poetry Al Aaraaf Tamerlane and Minor Poems He entered West Point in 1830 when he published his third collection of poetry Poems In 1833 Poe won a short-story contest offered by the Baltimore Saturday Visiter with a story called The Manuscript Found in a Bottle which led to a short-lived position as editor of the Southern Literary Mesenger in 1835 Throughout Edgars Allan Poe career many things about his life had an influence on his writing Poe was a person who had many troubling experiences throughout his life It seemed that all the women he loved ended up dying and they all died from the same disease Tuberculosis To add to his hard luck he was poor didnt have a stable job and was a alcoholic To escape from his troubled world Poe drank and wrote short stories or poems with a gloomy attitude Many people considered him a pessimist or someone who looks at the bad side of things instead of
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