He developed gambling debts from 2,000 to 2,500 dollars, which caused problems between his godfather and himself (Quinn 130). After eleven months at the university, Poe dropped out mainly because of his debts and drinking, but also for John Allan?s refusal to pay for his habits (Encyclopedia Britannica 540). Soon after Poe dropped out of school, he and John Allan had many quarrels over his gambling addiction. They finally decided it would be best for him to join the army. He joined under the alias of ?Edgar Allan Perry?
Death in Edgar Allan Poe's Life and The Masque of the Red Death As a man surrounded by death and horrible happenings, it is no wonder that almost the entire collection of Edgar Allan Poe's works is about death. When Poe was very young, his father left his mother alone with three young children. At the age of two, Poe lost his mother. Many other deaths and terrible occurrences manifested themselves in Poe's life, from the refusal of his adoptive father, John Allan, to accept Poe's attempts at reconciliation, to the request he could not fulfill of his dying adoptive mother, Fanny Allan. "To a world fascinated by the bizarre and the macabre, Poe has often seemed an embodiment of the satanic characters of his own fiction, the archetype of the neurotic genius" (McMichael 727).
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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.
A Redeemed Childhood Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Baltimore, Maryland to two young actors named Eliza Arnold Hopkins and David Poe. When Poe was nearly three years old, his mother died from tuberculosis. This had a profound effect on the young Poe, who "always remembered -more or less unconsciously - his mother vomiting blood and being carried away from him forever by sinister men in black," according to Roger Asselineau, professor of American literature at the Sorbonne, Paris. Within a number of days, David Poe, who was known to be an alcoholic, disappeared. Although he was never found, it is assumed that he ran off rather than died.
“David Poe made his last stage appearance in October 1809; by July 1811—when Edgar was two and a half years old—he had deserted his wife and children and vanished forever….David, after many mediocre performances and harsh reviews, was discouraged, frustrated and professionally jealous (Meyers 5. )” Shortly after his father had left the family, his mother became sick and died. “The desertion of her husband, the arduous demands of her profession... the sole responsibility for her young children, her life of hardship and p... ... middle of paper ... ...ired his poems and made him a great poet. Works Cited Booth, Alison, and Kelly J. Mays. The Norton Introduction to Literature.
His mother died when he was only three. His first love, Elmira Royster was forbidden from associating with him by her father. His child-wife, Virginia, who was also his cousin, died at the age of 24. Just when he found Elmira once again, who was by this time a widow, he died of his own health problems. These stinging losses, especially that of his mother, left a subconscious scar in his already convoluted psyche.
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