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Through Edgar Allan Poes magnificent style of writing he provided the world with some of the most mystifying poems and short stories Although not appreciated during his time Poe has gained considerable recognition after his death James Russel Lowell stated in a book by Louis Broussard He combines in a very remarkable manner two faculties which are seldom found united a power of influencing the mind of the reader by the impalpable shadows of mystery and a minuteness of detail which does not leave a pin or button unnoticed 7 Poes controversial writing style which has been given praise and criticism by others cannot be compared to that of any other author Poe was born on January 19 1809 in Baltimore Mass to David and Elizabeth Poe Poes father David married an English woman Elizabeth who was in the same traveling company Poe had a brother Henry and a sister Rosaline Poes grandfather was referred to as General Poe of Revolutionary fame and his great-grandfather was an immigrant laborer who supplied the Revolutionary Army with clothing Krutch 20 On December 8 1811 Elizabeth Poe died of tuberculosis at the young age of twenty-four The image of his mothers young still white face was to haunt Edgar for the rest of his life Wright 30 When Edgars father was plagued with tuberculosis he was taken into the home of John a prosperous Richmond merchant and Francis Allan This is how Edgar received the middle name Allan Mrs Allan loved Edgar but the story seemed different with John Although the relationship between John and Edgar appeared bitter John Allan provided Poe with some support during Poes adulthood In 1826 Poe was engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster however her parents broke off the engagement Apparently she married and her husband passed away around 1848 In 1849 Poe proposed to Sarah Elmira Royster Shelton but she was having difficulty saying yes probably because her late husbands will penalize her
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