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Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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  • on January 24, 2008
  • Category: English
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Many authors have made great contributions to the world of literature.   Mark Twain

introduced Americans to life on the Mississippi.   Thomas Hardy wrote on his pessimistic views of

the Victorian Age.   Another author that influenced literature is Edgar Allan Poe.   Poe is known as

the father of the American short story and father of the detective story.   To understand the literary

contributions of Edgar Allan Poe, one must look at his early life, his literary life, and a summary of

two of his famous works.

"Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston'' (Inglis 505)   "on January 19, 1809'' (Asselineau

409). He was born to a southern family that were in a traveling company of actors (Inglis 505).

His father, David Poe, was from a Baltimore family.   He was an actor by profession and a heavy

drinker.   Soon after Edgar Allan Poe was born, he left his family. Poe's mother, Elizabeth Arnold

Poe, was a widow at the age of eighteen.   Two years after his birth, she died of tuberculosis

(Asselineau 409).   When his mother died, Poe was adopted by John Allan (Perry XI) at the urging

of Mr. Allan's wife.   In 1815, John Allan moved his family to England.   While there, Poe was sent

to private schools (Asselineau 410).

In the spring of 1826, Poe entered the University of   Virginia.   There he studied Spanish,

French, Italian, and Latin.   He had an excellent scholastic record.   He got into difficulties almost at

once.   Mr. Allan did not provide him with the money to pay for his fees and other necessities.   Poe

was confused and homesick.   He learned to play cards and started drinking.   Soon he was in debt

in excess of   two thousand dollars.   Poe discovered that he could not depend upon Allan for

financial support.   His foster father refused to pay his debts, and Poe had to withdraw from the

University (Asselineau 410).

In May of 1827, Poe enlisted in...

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