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Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 19 1809 This man created some of the most influential literary criticism of his time Poes parents were David Poe Jr and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins They both died before he reached the age of 3 He was then taken into John Allans custody as a foster child John Allan was a very prosperous and rich merchant in Richmond Virginia When he took in Poe he had him baptized Poes life as a child was boring to say the least though he went to school for 5 years in England Six years later he entered the University of Virginia but only stayed for a year Although he was an excellent student he was a gambler and not a very good one at that He ran his debts up so he left never to return In the process he broke off his engagement with Sarah Elmira Royster his Richmond sweetheart He had lacked support after this so he turned to the army Although he was broke he had already written and printed his first book Tamerlane and Other Poems all at his own expense While Poe was temporarily reconciled Allan secured his release form the army and his appointment to West Point Academy but refused to provide him with funds But after only six months Poe has been dismissed for disobeying orders Poe next took up residence in Baltimore with his widowed aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia and turned to fiction as a way to support himself In 1832 the Philadelphia Saturday Courier published five of his stories and in 1833 MS Found in a Bottle won a 50 prize given by the Baltimore Saturday Visitor Poe his aunt and Virginia moved to Richmond in 1835 and he became editor of the Southern Literary Messenger and married Virginia who was not yet 14 years old First in New York City then in
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