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Edgar Allan Poe son of Actress Eliza Poe and Actor David Poe Jr born 19th of January 1809 was mostly known for his poems and short tales and his literary criticism He has been given credit for inventing the detective story and his pshycological thrillers have been infuences for many writers worldwide Edgar and his brother and sister were orphaned before Edgars third birthday and Edgar was taken in to the home of John and Fanny Allan in Richmond Va The Allans lived in England for five years 1815-1820 where Edgar also attended school In 1826 he entered the University of Virginia Although a good student he was forced to gambling since John Allan did not provide well enough Allan refused to pay Edgars debts and Edgar had to leave the University after only one year In 1827 Edgar published his first book Tamerlane and other poems anonymously under the signature A Bostonian The poems were heavily influenced from Byron and showed of a youthful attitude Later in 1827 Edgar enlisted in the Army under the name Edgar A Perry where his quarrels with John Allan continued Edgar did well in the army but in 1829 he left and decided to apply for a cadetship at West Point Before he was able to enter West Point Edgar published a book entitled Al Aaraaf Tamerlane and minor poems this time the book was published not anonymously but under the name Edgar A Poe where the middle initial acknowledged John Allans name Before Edgar left West Point he received financial aid from his fellow cadets to publish a third edition of the book Edgar called it a second edition though and it was entitled Poems by Edgar A Poe in which his famous poems To Helen another version was published in 1848 and Israfel appeared These show of the musical effect that has come to characterize Edgars poems Later Poe moved to Baltimore to live
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