Poe’s foster parents, John and Frances Allan, support him through most of his adolescent years. Poe will start out writing at a young age and attends college only to be cut off from his foster family after Frances Allan dies from tuberculosis. Once out of college, Poe has a brief stint in the military where he continues to write and becomes a published author at the age of only eighteen with his first poem, Tamerlane. Edgar marries his cousin, Virginia Clemm, in 1836 after he reunites with her and his Aunt Maria in Baltimore, Maryland. Poe’s marriage to Virginia proves to be short lived when she passes from tuberculosis in 1847.
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Because of this incident, his mother went into a deep depression and rarely showed Hawthorne the love and affection a young boy hungers for, thus affecting him in his adulthood and career. As Hawthorne aged, he learned that he was related to a Puritan judge of the Salem Witch Trials by the name of John Hathorne. In these trials, many innocent women were executed because of the decisions Judge Hathorne made. Self-consciously, John Hathorne did not feel any guilt, but because Hawthorne felt the guilt Hathorne should have felt, he legally added a w to his last name so readers would not know of his past when he began publishing (Clendenning). Because many of Hawthorne’s writings were influenced by this family history, adding the w did not help his situation.