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Many people label Edgar Allen Poe a horror writer plain and simple others refer to Poe as the father of the detective story but over all hes one Americas greatest writers His ability of expressing the world in gothic ways really captures the readers attention Even though he lead a tough life and was known as a sadistic drug addict and alcoholic he still managed to produce great pieces of literature Three of his greatest works were The Tell Tale heart The Fall of the House Usher and The Raven All of these are very known troughout the world and are considered three of Poes greatest pieces He was born in Boston on January 19 1809 his parents regular members of Federal street theater named him Edgar Poe Shortly before his mothers death in Richmond Virginia on December 8 1811 his father abandoned the family John Allen a wealthy tobacco merchant in Richmond brought Poe into the family at his wifes request and gave him the middle name Allen as a baptismal name though he never formally adopted him Even though Allens treatment toward Poe is not exactly known we know that Allen never treated Poe with sensitivity In 1815 the Allen family moved to England on business There Poe entered the Manor-House School in Stoke-Newington a London suburb This school taught him the gothic architecture and historical landscape of the region made a deep imprint on his youthful imagination which would effect his adult writings Levin 14 The Allens left England in June 1820 and arrived in Richmond on August 2 Here Poe entered the English and Classical School of Joseph H Clarke a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin On February 14 1826 Poe entered the University of Virginia Though he spent more time gambling and drinking than studying he won top honors in French and Latin On May 26 1827 Poe enlisted in the US Army under the
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