The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

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A Dream Within a Dream: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

As short fiction has become a more accepted genre in literary circles, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories become more popular. He’s story passed on and on, and he now consider to be the father of the short story by many. His stories were strong and powerful, one called them mystery. Not only his story, but also his life.

Edgar Allan Poe was a famous detective story, science fiction, horror fiction, symbolism story and aestheticism story author in America, he was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe was the second child in his family, he had two siblings Henry and Rosalie. Both of Edgar’s parents died when he was very young. Edgar’s mother Elizabeth died in 1811, when Edgar was 2 years old. She was a very famous actor in early America, within the same theater with David Poe, She married David after her first husband died. When Edgar was 2 year-old, his father had left the family, his wife and children alone, soon Elizabeth died of tuberculosis. At the same year David also died of the same disease as his wife. After Edgar’s parents passed away, he had been adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan. All three children from Poe’s family had been divided separately.

Mr. John Allan was a wealthy tobacco merchant that made Edgar got very good environment and education. Mr. John Allan wanted Edgar to be a business but Edgar just wanted to be a poet. He went to University of Virginia in 1826 when he was only, he did very well in his classes and got good grade, but his stepfather Mr. John Allen only gave him very less money for his college fees. Edgar began to drink heavily and took up gambling to pay the debts he had. He already very poor before the first sch...

... middle of paper ... writer. He had a very hard and terrible life that most of the people will not suffered. One might give up of life, but Poe was not. In fact, the terrible life he had made him to become a great Tremendous command of English short story as we see today.


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