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.
David, ashamed of his unsuccessfulness and shadowed by his more famous wife, left her and their now three kids. Eliza, unable to support her three children alone, became a charity case. In October of 1811 she gave up acting when she became seriously ill. On December 8th, 1811, at age 24 Eliza Poe died leaving her three children without homes. Frances Allan, one woman who had been part of the charity helping Eliza, had convinced her husband John Allan to let them take little Edgar in, but they never formally adopted him. John had promised David Poe’s relatives that Edgar would receive a proper and good education.
When Edgar was young his father fleed from the family, leaving Edgar, his mother, and sister alone. At the age of two Edgar's mother died of tuberculosis. Edgar was then placed in a foster home with John and Fanny Allan. When Edgar was fifteen he had enough stories written to publish a book, but his foster father would not allow it. In 1826 Edgar enrolled into the University of Virginia.
He was an actor by profession and a heavy drinker. Edgar was never very close with his older brother, William Henry Leonard Poe, because he had been left with his paternal grandparents around September 1807 for what began as an undetermined amount of time. In July of 1810 David Poe deserted his family and died shortly after. His death was most possibly alcohol elated. Elizabeth was still pregnant with their youngest child, Rosalie, who was born that December, at this time.
A year after his birth David Poe deserted his family. The following year in 1811 his mother died leaving him orphaned. He soon was taken in by the Allan family. John and Frances, who were a childless couple, renamed him Edgar Allan and raised him as their own. Though never legally adopted, Poe traveled to England with the family where he attended good schools until the fall of the tobacco market in London.
He did not have enough money to make ends meet, so he ran up extremely large gambling debts to trying make more money. Then he could not afford to go to school anymore. John Allan refused to pay off Poe's debts, and broke off his engagement to Sarah Elmira Royster. Since Poe had no other means of support, he enlisted in the army. By this time however, he had written and printed his first book, Tammerlane, and Minor Poems (1829).2 After a few months though, John Allan and Poe were reconciled.
He was a dark poet who also added romance in his stories, while managing to be the captive of his stories and his fantasies too. In Poe’s stories, he began with the art of romance to truth, or just beauty. The drama of his story’s’ settings in the drama of a spectator because he greated and imagined that setting, but that isn’t all Poe could do. Secondly, Edgar Allan Poe’s influence on detective stories made him one of the most amazing authors known today. Eliot proclaims, “As for the prose, it is recognized that Poe’s tales had great influence upon some types of popular fiction” (Eliot 24).
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.
Altercations between the two cultivated into what would be a decade of spite. In 1826, Poe left Richmond to attend the University of Virginia, accumulating significant debt. Allan had sent Poe to college with less than a third of the money he needed, though Allan had enough money to pay for it all, and then some. Being shunned by his father, Poe soon took up gambling to raise money to pay his dues. By the end of his first semester, Poe was so desperate that h... ... middle of paper ... ...rk and measured.
After his mother's death, Poe was taken into the home of his godfather, John Allen, and his wife. It is believed that John continued to abuse Poe as his father did. At the age of seventeen, Poe attended the University of Virginia for a short time. His godfather couldn't afford all of the tuition fees, and Poe resorted to gambling as a means to earn money. From this he accumulated much debt and was forced to drop out of the university.