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Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 Edgar Allan Poe was one of Americas famous writers He is known as the first master of short story form especially in tales of horror and mystery His poems made him one of the most famous figures in American literary history His influence on literature is seen in all literature books in schools everywhere Some of his famous writings is that of Annabel Lee his detective story The Murders in Rue Morgue The Pit and the Pendulum and The Tell-Tale Heart are the best among his horror stories and The Raven one of his best poems which among all these made him very famous in 1845 The Fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of the Red Death made him a forerunner of symbolism and impressionism Poe was born in Boston Massachusetts on January 19 1809 He was orphaned at the age of two his father deserted the family and his mother died all before he was three in 1811 Then Poe was raised as a foster child by John Allan and his wife but they never legally adopted him In 1826 Poe enrolled at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he acquired gambling debts that John Allan refused to pay Eventually Poe was forced to withdraw from the university and Allan prevented his return to the university and broke off Poes engagement to Sarah Elmira Royster his Richmond sweetheart His relationship with Allan declined and he moved from his foster father and enlisted in the army He served a two year term while waiting for an appointment to the US Military Academy While temporarily reconciled Allan secured him an appointment to the academy In 1830 Poe entered the US Military Academy at West Point NY where he excelled in languages but was expelled in 1831
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