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American writer Edgar Allan Poe Over came extraordinary obstacles in his life to create exceptional writings He is one of the greatest most accomplished poets short- story writers and literary critics The British author with the most interesting life is Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19 1809 in Boston Massachusetts His father deserted the family and his mother died before Poe was three years old His father David Poe Jr died probably in 1810 and his mother Elizabeth Hopkins a remarkably talented young actress was stricken with tuberculosis at the age of 24 and died in 1811 They left source 8 three children of whom William died young and Rosalie ultimately lost her mind Edgar was taken into the home of a Richmond Virginia merchant Mr And Mrs John Allan That is where he got his middle name Allan Edgar was never legally adopted He received the first of his education in Richmond and in England where the Allans spent 1815-1820 Both schools were private and classical education He excelled in athletics was a skillful boxer and a daring swimmer One hot June day he swam six miles in the James River against a strong tide He was very proud of this accomplishment The University of Virginia had been opened under the patronage of Thomas Jefferson in 1825 At the beginning of 1826 Poe then seventeen placed his name upon the register of students In the convivial atmosphere of undergraduate fellowship habits of irresponsibility and reckless indulgence were easily acquired Because his foster father httpwwwbibliomaniacom sent him barely enough money to survive Poe gambled to try to win money for books and clothing Unfournatly he did
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