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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe Part I Of II

Edgar Poe was born on January 18, 1809. His parents died when he was very young and he was taken in by the soon-to-be wealthy Allan family. The Allan’s did not adopt Poe, but they did give him the name of “Edgar Allan Poe.” As a child, he traveled with the Allan’s and attended school in England and Scotland before returning to their home in Richmond, Virginia in 1820.

After completing schooling in Virginia, Poe tried his hand at college life and attended the University of Virginia to study languages for one year. In 1827 Poe took a job as a newspaper writer and clerk, but had a difficult time supporting himself. He soon entered the United States Army and served at Fort Independence in Boston Harbor. To his delight, his military career was short, thanks in part to the efforts of Mr. Allan. After his discharge from the Army, Poe received an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point. In 1831, through his purposeful bad actions, an unhappy Poe allowed himself to be discharged from West Point.

Poe’s first published literary work was a 40 page collection of his poetry called Tamerlane and Other Poems. It was met with no fan-fare and only 50 copies were printed. The book is so rare that a single copy today sells for over $200,000. He went on to write 2 other volumes of his poems. Poe began writing sensational tales and writing reviews which made him widely known as an American author. He continued to churn out literary works, some published, some not. By all accounts, Poe’s poem “The Raven” is what put him on top as an American writer.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion to this post.

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