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Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19 1809 Orphaned at the age of three Edgar was sent to a foster home where he lived with the Allans in Richmond VA until he married his thirteen-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm Throughout his youth Edgar experienced rocky relations with the Allans and was eventually disowned before his marriage Comptons pp 401-02 Edgar Allan Poes short stories and poems induce disturbing emotions which stem from an unstable childhood as a result of a disjointed family life After leaving his broken foster home Poe enlisted in the army under the name Edgar A Perry in 1827 Aspiring to become an officer in hopes to regain favor with Mr Allan Poe was granted an honorable discharge and sought an appointment at West Point Forrest P Who Was Poe While waiting for over a year to hear from the school Poe resided with his widowed aunt Ms Maria Clemm in Baltimore In 1830 Poe was sworn in as a cadet However the death of his foster mother led to Mr Allans remarriage and Poes exclusion from the family will Upon receiving such news Poe deliberately neglected his classes and was expelled from West Point after only eight months of study His writing career began soon after when he won a short story contest in 1833 and became a literary critic for The Southern Literary Messenger Later writing opportunities brought Poe a small income which paved the way for his marriage to Virginia Clemm in 1835 Comptons pp 401-02Virginia was half Edgars age and represented the only sense of family Poe had ever known When she became ill with tuberculosis in 1843 Poe fell into severe depression marked by bouts of drinking and gambling His publication of The Raven in 1845 illustrated this unstable mind frame and foreshadowed Virginias death in 1847 Comptons pp 401-02It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-Clasp a rare and radiant
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