Many of the things that happened to Poe shaped the way that he wrote. When his father abandoned his family and his mother died he was taken in by wealthy tobacco merchants, John and Frances Allan. He was separated from his siblings and they were all taken in by different families. He then was called Edgar Allan Poe even though he was never really adopted by the Allan’s. Poe soon left home and with the help of Allan he attended the University of Virginia but was only there for one semester due to the lack of money from Allan to continue his studies.
Since his early death, the literary qualities of Poe's writings have been disputed, but his works have remained popular and he influenced many major American and European writers. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Poe was orphaned in his early childhood and was raised by John Allan, a successful businessman of Richmond, Virginia. Taken by the Allan family to England at the age of six, Poe was enrolled in a private school. Upon returning to the United States in 1820, he continued to study in private schools. He attended the University of Virginia for a year, but in 1827 his foster father, displeased by the young man's drinking and gambling, refused to pay his debts and forced Poe to work as a bookkeeper.
It was in the army in 1827 that Poe published his first work, called Tamerlane and Other Poems under anonymous (Merriman). Not long after his first publication, tragedy struck again. His foster mother died in 1829, the same year his second book was published. It was only two years later that Poe met his future wife while living with his aunt and his brother. Henry, his brother, died of tuberculosis just like their mother did soon after Poe moved in (Merriman).
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When Poe turned seventeen he attended the University of Virginia. The amount of money John Allan was giving Poe was not enough to cover the universities tuition requirements. One year later, Poe left the University of Virginia due to unfulfilled tuition payments. Some Poe experts say he may have gambled to obtain the debts. Other beliefs are that Poe later spent his two years in the army, in hopes to stay away from debtor’s prison.
Poe was taken in by John and Francis Allan in 1812. John Allan was a wealthy merchant but he did not particularly care for Poe and they argued a lot when Poe was a teen. When Poe was sixteen, Francis Allan also died of tuberculosis, and John cut Poe off, refusing to give him any money. Their relationship was so strained that when John passed away in 1843, “Poe received no mention in his will” (CliffNotes 1). Poe was afforded a good education when he and his foster parents lived overseas.
His life started out with his parents dying when Poe was only three years old. He was adopted by a wealthy tobacco merchant, John Allan and his wife, Frances Valentine Allan. John Allan raised Edgar Allan Poe to be his own, yet Poe wasn’t an Allan much. Poe decided not to go into business for college yet that was the only reason John would pay for Edgar to go to college. So, Edgar Allan Poe had to pay for college on his own.