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The name Edger Allen Poe is known through out the world some might even consider it a household name His literary works have sold millions of copies everywhere in the world Poe never knew of any of these fames during his life He wasnt considered popular he was considered a failure On a cold January day in 1809 Edger Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts His parents were a pair of touring actors who went by the names of David Poe and Elizabeth Arnold Poe At the very young age of three his mother passed away Shortly there after his father deserted the family and later died Left orphan at such a young age he was put into the hands of a rich Scottish tobacco merchant John Allen Allen lived in Richmond Virginia with his wife Francis The couple took Poe in as their own blood and gave him the middle name of Allen At the age of 17 Poe left the Allen home to pursue further education at the University of Virginia Due to the minimal amount of money Poe received form the Allens Poe didnt have enough money to pay for books or more importantly food Poe then started to gamble He quickly fell into a dept of over 2500 dollars This dept made Poe become nervous and unstable Poe then reached to alcohol Because Poe had a low tolerance for alcohol being intoxicated often made him sick and ill A very upset Allen quickly pulled Poe out of the university After returning home Poe then left but this time he was heading for Boston Upon his arrival Poe enlisted in the army under the name of Edger A Perry After the death of Mrs Allen two years after joining the army Poe received honorable discharge form the army so he could become a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point NY in a final attempt to earn Allens favor
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