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The life of Edgar Allan Poe Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts the son of actor Eliza Poe and actor David Poe Jr His father left before he was born and his mother died when he was only three so Poe was taken into the home of John Allan a successful merchant in Richmond Virginia and baptized Edgar Allan Poe While his middle name is frequently misspelt as Allen Poe himself used Allan After attending schools in England and Richmond Virginia Poe registered at the University of Virginia but stayed for only one year He was estranged from his adopted father at some point in this period and so Poe enlisted in the US Army as a private using the name Edgar A Perry on May 26 1827 That same year he released his first book After serving for two years and attaining the rank of Sergeant-major Poe was discharged In 1829 he published his second book Al Aaraf At around this time he was reconciled with Allan and through him received an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point His time at West Point was ill-fated as Poe apparently deliberately disobeyed orders and was dismissed After that his adoptive father repudiated him forever Poe next moved to Baltimore Maryland with his widowed aunt Maria Clemm and her daughter Virginia Poe used fiction writing as a means of supporting himself and with the December issue of 1835 Poe began editing the Southern Literary Messenger for Thomas W White in Richmond This position was held by Poe until January 1837 During this time Poe married his young cousin Virginia Clemm in Richmond on May 16 1836 After spending fifteen fruitless months in New York Poe moved to Philadelphia Shortly after he arrived his novella The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym was published and widely reviewed In the summer of 1839 he became assistant editor of Burtons Gentlemans Magazine He published a
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