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Madman or Literary Genius Edgar Allan Poes life is almost as strange as his writings Poe is perhaps best known for his bizarre tales of terror death decay and madness To a world fascinated by the bizarre and the macabre Poe has often seemed an embodiment of the satanic characters of his own fiction the archetype of the neurotic geniusMcMicheal 727 He was equally as talented at poetry detective stories and as a literary critic Many controversies surrounded Poe in death as well as in life Some answer we may never know Heres what we Edgar Poe was born on January 191809 to Eliza and David PoeJr in Boston Edgar was the second son of Eliza and David whose sole income was obtained from acting In the summer of 1809 the Poes moved from Boston to New York Although Eliza often got great reviews and was offered some good parts critics didnt like David Frustrated by this David walked out on Eliza and their two sons leaving her alone and desolate In 1910 Eliza gave birth to a baby girl named Rosalie Shortly after that Eliza became ill On December 8 1811 Elizabeth Poe died leaving behind three young orphaned childrenRosalie was taken in by a family named Mac Kenzie and the oldest son William was taken in by Davids family As Davids family had no intention of taking Edgar in Fanny Allan convinced her husband that they should give Edgar a home Fanny had helped in Elizas sickroom before she died and so was familiar with Edgar Although the Allans didnt adopt Edgar they did change his name to incorporate their last name into it They christened him Edgar Allan Poe on January 7 1812 This arrangement meant a big change for Edgar John Allan was a wealthy business owner So with the death of his mother Edgar literally went When Edgar was six and a half the Allans moved to England Enrolled in
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