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Edgar Allen Poe was a famous author Since his death more books have been published about Poe than any other American author Poe was hounded by economic troubles hurt by his enemies and haunted by nightmares and visions Yet out of the very frustrations of his personal life came his artistic successes Poe was born in Boston on January 19 1809 His father deserted the family and his mother died before Poe was three years old John Allan and his wife Frances raised Poe as a foster child but never legally adopted him From 1815 to 1820 the family lived in England and Poe attended a private school near London where he did well in his studies In 1826 Poe entered the University of Virginia where he was an excellent student But because his foster family sent him barely enough money to live Poe gambled to try to win money for books and clothing His resulting debts caused Allan to withdraw him from the university Allan then wanted Poe to study law but Poe determined to follow a literary career After the two quarreled in March 1827 Poe left home for Boston where he later enlisted into the army as Edgar A Perry By the time he was honorably discharged in 1829 he had attained the rank of sergeant major He then moved to Baltimore to live with his aunt Mrs Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia Clemm In 1830 Poe entered the US Military Academy in a final effort to gain Allans good will But Francis Allan had died in 1829 and when Allan decided to remarry in 1830 Poe concluded that he would never be reconciled with Allan or receive an inheritance So he deliberately broke regulations to force his release from West Point Poes career began with two volumes of poetry Tamerlane and Other Poems and Al Aaraaf Tamerlane and Minor Poems Poems included three of his best
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