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Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston grew up in Richmond Virginia and lived in six Eastern cities His father was David Poe a Baltimore actor His actress mother Elizabeth came to the United States as a kid The parents were not that talented they played small roles in rather third-rate theatrical companies Because they both had small parts they barely managed to make a living Edgar was the second of their three children When the third child was born the father died or disappeared and Mrs Poe went to Richmond with the two youngest children The oldest boy William Henry had already been left with relatives in Baltimore Mrs Poe was in the last stages of tuberculosis Weakened by the disease and worn out with the struggle to support her children she died Edgar two years old and the infant Rosalie were left as orphans It was pure luck that Mrs Frances Allan the wife of a merchant in Richmond learned about the Poe babies She had no children of her own and liked handsome little Edgar a lot more than his sister She took him home with her and another family took his little sister Rosalie Mrs Allan would have liked to adopt Edgar but her husband was unwilling to commit himself At that time people thought acting was immoral John Allan could not help regarding the little son of actor parents as a questionable person to inherit his name and the fortune he was busy accumulating He was willing however to support the child and in time came to be proud of Edgars good looks and intelligence When Edgar was six years old Mr Allens business took him to Scotland the country from which he had come originally The family stayed in Scotland and England for five
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