A Brief Biography on Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was born in Massachusetts, U.S. on January 19, 1809. Poe`s parents were Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe Jr. Poe was named after a character in William`s Shakespeare King Lear. Poe was baptized at Episcopal Church in 1812.His mom was an actress and his dad was an actor. Poe`s dad abandoned the family in 1810. Poe had 2 siblings. His brother was named William Henry Leonard he was a writer, sailor, and poet. He was born in Boston on Jan 30, 1807. Poe`s brother died August 1, 1831 of alcoholism and tuberculosis. Edgar`s sister was Rosalie Poe she was born in Norfolk, VA. She was illegitmate to the family. Poe`s dad died of an unknown cause. Poe`s grandmother was Elizabeth Cairnes Poe she was paralyzed the family didn’t talk to her much. Poe`s grandfather was David Poe a soldier in the war. John Allan(Poe`s grandfather) took Poe in when his mom died. Poe was 3 years old when his parents died. John Allan was a Richmond and tobacco merchant. Poe was very spoiled and aggressively disciplined. Poe was later taken to Scotland and England where he was given an education. He also attended grammar school in Scotland. Poe knew several languages. When Poe was 15 years old he published his poem “Last night with many cares and toils”. When Poe was 16 he swam seven miles down the James River. He did this to become popular. He attended University of Virginia for 11 months , he had to leave because of his gambling habits. He was a lieutenant of Richmond Point Guard in 1824. Poe`s influences were Romancticism and American Literature. Lord Byron (British poet) also influenced him. Poe`s well known poem was “The Raven”. Poe was a poet , short-story writer, editor, and critic. His 3 poems were Sonnet to Science, Romance, and“The City i...

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.... The entire ceremony lasted only three minutes in the cold damp weather. The reverend didn’t do a sermon because it wasn’t that many people. Poe was buried in a cheap coffin which had no handles, a nameplate, cloth lining, or a cushion for his head. On October 10, 2009 Poe had a re-do of his funeral in Baltimore. Actors potrayed Poe`s contemporaries. Each of them paid their respects and read eulogies from Poe.. The funeral also had a replica of Poe`s casket and wax cadeaver. Poe is remembered for being the first American writer to become a major figure in literature. Poe`s quote was “We loved with a love that was more than love”. The museum was named is Edgar Allan Poe Museum located in Baltimore. Poe`s arch enemy was Rufus Wilmot Grisworld (editor,critic,and anthologist.) He made a long obituary of Poe and published it. Poe is very well known today for what he did,
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