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Edgar Allan Poe Many authors have made great contributions to the world of literature One of these is Edgar Allan Poe Poe is known as the father of the American short story as well as the father of the detective story But who was Edgar Allan Poe What was the man himself actually like These questions may be answered in part but the whole truth of Edgar Allan Poes life can never be known for sure and maybe this is exactly how he wanted it The brilliance of his work however is indisputable and Edgar Allan Poe is known throughout the world for his works By his use of horror humor darkness sarcasm and the ridiculous he has been the inspiration of many famous authors and this surly will continue to for many years to come Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19 1809 to David and Elizabeth Poe He had one brother William born on January 30 1807 and one sister Rosalie born on December 20 1810 Shortly after the birth of Rosalie David Poe abandoned his young wife and children Suffering from tuberculosis Mrs Poe came to Richmond with her two youngest children The oldest boy William had been left with relatives in Baltimore Shortly after her arrival in Richmond Elizabeth Poe died Edgar known for being a handsome little boy was taken in by Mr and Mrs John Allan Rosalie was taken by another family Mrs Allan soon became very attached to Edgar and wanted to formally adopt him but her husband refused to take this step It has been said that his disapproval of actors and the acting profession both of Poes parents were in the theater was the reason for his not wanting to adopt Poe At the age of six Edgar moved with his foster family to England where they lived for about five years At this time the Allans and
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