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Most widely known for his short stories and poems Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19 1809 Edgars real parents died when he was three Orphaned he was taken to the home of John Allan who sent him to study in England from 1815 through 1820 In 1826 he entered the University of Virginia but left for Baltimore after one year Feeling restless Poe joined the army Army life didnt suit Edgar well and he had his stepfather John Allan secure him a release Poe entered West Point on his own dime and wrote several books there After leaving West Point Poe returned to Baltimore with his widowed aunt and cousin Virginia In 1835 Poe decided to return to Richmond with Virginia He became the editor of a local paper ad married Virginia his barley 14-year-old cousin While in Richmond Virginia fell fatally ill and passed away in 1847 This loss hit Poe extremely hard but he continued to write and lecture Before his own death in the streets of Baltimore in 1849 Poe reconciled Sarah Royster the fiance he had left at the University of Virginia 25 years earlier Poe as a writer found protection in writing his feelings out on the page He experienced the loss of the women he loved so deeply at several times in his life Many of the women in his life were sickly at one time during his life like his stepmother and wife In several of his pieces such as The Raven Annabel Lee and Ulalume the main character grieves or is grieving over the loss of a loved one He wrote these during the period of grief previous to and following the death of his wife Virginia Poes love life often paralleled the women who were the subjects of his works Page 2 The Raven is one of Poes most famous short stories He writes of a man who is overwhelmed with
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