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Creative and Unique Writing: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

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Often author’s lives have an impact on their writing because of the way they see life. Edgar Allan Poe had constant struggles in his own life that shaped the way he wrote. His name brings to mind death and murders but there was more to him than that. He was a man with many challenges in his life that he had to overcome.
Poe was born as Edgar Poe on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. He was the second of three children. His siblings were Henry and Rosalie Poe. His parents, David and Elizabeth Poe, were traveling actors but his father abandoned his family two years after Poe was born and his mother died a year later.
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. Even though he attended only for a month this helped Poe become a great writer later in his life. Poe then returned to Richmond to his fiancé Elmira Royster but soon figured out that she got engaged to another man. This made Poe think about how lonely he was in life and it affected the way him and his writing.
Poe had other issues coming his way. For example, Poe’s adoptive father wanted him to become a businessman but all that Poe wanted was to become a writer and from then on tension began to build between Allan and Poe and Poe eventually left home. Before Allan d...

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... the day he started writing he changed American literature and will continue to do that for future generations to come.

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