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The boundaries which divide Life and Death are at best shadowy and vague Who shall say where one ends and where the other begins Edgar Allan Poe The Premature Burial Bartlett 642 To venture into the world of Edgar Allan Poe is to embark on a journey to a land filled with perversities of the mind soul and body The joyless existence carved out by his writings is one of lost love mental anguish and the premature withering of his subjects Poe wrote in a style that characterized the sufferings he endured throughout in his pitiful life From the death of his parents while he was still a child to the repeated frailty of his love life to the neuroses of his later years his life was a ceaseless continuum of one mind-warping tragedy after another From the very dawning of his existence Edgar Allan Poe lived a life of hardship a quality which was reflected in his writings Poe was born the son of a pair of traveling actors His father David was at best a mediocre a ctor who soon deserted his wife and son His mother Elizabeth on the contrary was a charming woman and talented actress His life no doubt would have been much different were it not for the fact that she died of tuberculosis in 1811 when Poe was not quite three This event scarred him for life for he would always remember his mother vomiting blood and being carried away from him forever by sinister men dressed in black Asselineau 409 After the traumatic passing of his parents Poe was placed into the custody of John and Frances Allan hence his middle name The childless couple reared him as their own son even though they would never officially adopt him He never got along with his foster father but grew alarmingly close to his foster mother in a classic Oedipal relationship Poe was shuttled off to live and
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