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Many authors have made great contributions to the would of literature Poe is known as the father of the American short story and father of the detective story To understand the literary contributions of Edgar Allan Poe one must look at his early life Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19 1809 He was born into poverty His parents David Poe and Elizabeth Arnold Poe were poverty struck parents Two years after Poe was born his mother died from tuberculosis Poe then had to be put up for adoption He was adopted by John Allan In the spring of 1826 Poe entered the University of Virginia He did not have money to support himself and his adoptive father John Allan whould not help him with his finances Poe began to drink and gamble his money away He could not pay tuition and had to withdraw from the University In May of 1827 Poe enlisted in the army He eventually got tired of the daily routine and got kicked out of the army Poe then moved to New York where he was unsuccessful In the summer of 1838 he moved to Philadelphia he worked as the editor of both Burons Gentleman Magazine and Grahams Magazine The year of 1845 was a good year for Poe He published The Raven and other stories that caught the eyes of people In 1849 Poe broke down when his wife Virginia died and he too died
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