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Edgar Allen Poe 1809-1849 and Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961 were both controversial and intriguing writers of their times People in their time were hesitant about their works For the most part their works were considered out there by the majority Their non-Christian beliefs were not only reflected in their lives but also in their works Poes life could be considered extremely tragic When he was one year old his father left his family About one year later his mother died from tuberculosis He was then adopted by a wealthy family who lived in Richmond Virginia For a while his life began to get better he studied at the University of Virginia After only one term there he was forced to drop out because of his gambling problem He joined the army for a short time In 1835 he married Virginia Clemm his thirteen-year old cousin Hemingway was born and raised in a thriving Chicago suburb He was a considered a modern man of his time he enjoyed fishing hunting boxing and football He wanted to join the army but he was turned down because of an injury Still seeking life overseas he joined the Red Cross in 1918 and left for Italy Later he married Hadley Richardson the first of his four wives Poes and Hemingways lives were both very much alike They became alcoholics and struggled with this problem until the end of their lives They also both participated in indulgent lifestyles they lived simply to please themselves Poe wrote Tamerlane and other poems that were not widely recognized As time past his writings eventually did become popular One of his most famous poems was The Raven Hemingway was a reporter for the Kansas City Star and the Toronto Daily Star Some of his many works are Farewell to Arms In Our Time The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and the Sea Two years after the death of Poes
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