Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe, Jr. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died of tuberculosis when he was only two, so Poe was taken into the home of John Allan, a successful tobacco merchant in Richmond, Virginia. Although his middle name is often misspelled as "Allen," it is actually "Allan" after this family. After attending the Misses Duborg boarding school in London and Manor School in Stoke Newington, London, England, Poe moved back to Richmond, Virginia, with the Allans in 1820. Poe registered at the University of Virginia in 1826, but only stayed there for one year. He was estranged from his foster father at some point in this period over gambling debts Poe had acquired while trying to get more spending money, and so Poe enlisted in the United States Army as a private using the name Edgar A. Perry on May 26, 1827.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusets, January 19, 1809. His parents were touring actors, and they both died before Poe was three years old. After their death, Poe was taken in by a wealthy merchant named John Allan in Richmond, Virginia. There he was baptised Edgar Allan Poe. From 1815 to 1820, Poe studied in England.
Poe served two years in the military after he quit school. After two years in the military Poe was dismissed for neglect of duty. His foster father then disowned him permanently. He stayed very little time there because Allan, once again, refused to send Poe any money. (Hoffman, Daniel) Edgar Allan Poe went to New York City where he had some of his work published.
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. (Anderson, 9-22). Poe quit this job, which infuriated John Allan. Poe then left and moved to Boston. There he published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems.
Never legally adopted, Poe took Allan's name for his middle name. Poe attended the University of Virginia (1826), but was expelled for not paying his gambling debts. This led to a quarrel with Allan, who later disowned him. In 1827 Poe joined the U.S. Army as a common soldier under assumed name and age. In 1830 Poe entered West Point and was dishonorably discharged next year, for intentional neglect of his duties.
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. On their return to America, Poe and his foster family became ill-tempered towards each other after the Allan’s firm failed. While studying at the University of Virginia, Poe struggled financially. Allan lost interest in supporting Poe. Though Allan recently inherited the property and plantations of his rich unmarried uncle, he st...
Poe’s disturbing childhood and ongoing life influenced his dark style and promoted his legacy. Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809 to a pair of traveling actors, David Poe, Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins - both of whom died before their son was three. He was the second of three children, separating from them during the fostering process. Poe was taken by a wealthy tobacco merchant by the name of John Allan and his wife, Frances Valentine Allan. Though he was never officially adopted, they treated him like their own.
Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe, the first master of the short story, had written many short stories from mysteries to morbidity. Edgar was born on January 19,1809 in Boston, Massachussettes. Edgars Parents, David and Eliza, were both in the acting business. Poe also had a sister, who is rarely spoken of. When Edgar was young his father fleed from the family, leaving Edgar, his mother, and sister alone.
As a young man, Poe was able to attend the University of Virginia in 1826 for one year, but he had to drop out due to the lack o... ... middle of paper ... ...://www.poestories.com/biography.php. CliffNotes. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, n.d. Web. 3 Jan. 2014. literature/p/poes-short-stories/edgar-allan-poe-biography>.
Baby Rosalie was adopted by the Mackenzie family while Edgar was taken in by the Allans in Richmond. Edgar was raised as a son by the Allans but never officially adopted by them. On March 18, 1827, a ongoing conflict erupted between Poe and Allan resulting in Poe’s return to his birth city of Boston. Poe enlisted in the u.s. army in mid- 1827. Poe served stints at Fort Independence in Boston, Fort Moultrie in Charleston, and Fort Monroe in Virginal.