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Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19 1809 to two struggling actors David and Elizabeth Poe When his father died at the age of 36 Edgar was left alone with his pregnant mother He traveled with his mother and sister from theatre to theatre often sleeping backstage When his mother died of Tuberculosis on December 11 1811 at the young age of 24 Edgar and his sister Rosalie were orphaned Edgar was only two years old His sister was sent to live with Mrs Mackenzie when she was one Edgar went to live with John and Frances Allen and Edgars older brother William was already living with their grandfather David Poe Sr because at the time of his birth David and Elizabeth could not afford to care for him Edgar moved to Richmond Virginia with the Allens where he had many luxuries that he had never had before He had his own bedroom in the apartment above John Allens store Ellis Allen and even servants to help him wash before bed and put away his clothes Growing up Edgar never got along with his foster father often arguing with him and rarely showing his affection John Allen once even described his son as miserable sulky and ill-tempered There was also the matter of Edgars alcoholism which brought shame upon his foster family and friends even his beloved first fiancee Sarah Elmira Royster eventually refused to see him One night after a particularly bitter argument with Mr Allen he decided to leave his home and go to Boston After an unpleasant month in Boston Edgar was once again on the road After having a few poems published and withdrawing from a millitary academy he eventually wound up in Baltimore Maryland penniless He soon found that his relatives there were as poor as he was Even so they welcomed him into their homes and hearts He stayed for a while in the home of his
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