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Mod 3 Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children. Tragically,Within three years of Poe’s birth, both of his parents had died and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Allan in Richmond, Virginia. Poe’s siblings went on to live with other families. Mr. Allan wanted Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer. In support of his dream, at the age of thirteen, Poe had compiled enough poetry to publish a book, but his headmaster advised Mr. Allan against allowing this. Poe’s legacy includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews including literary classics as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”. He is also widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story. An event even more mysterious than his works was Edgar Allan Poe’s death. Poe had set off on a trip to Philadelphia when on the way; Poe stopped in Baltimore and disappeared for five days and he was found in the bar room of a public house. Joseph Snodgrass sent Poe to Washington College Hospital, where Poe spent the last days of his life far from home and surrounded by strangers. Neither Poe’s mother-in-law nor his fiancée knew what had become of him until they read about it in the newspapers. Poe died on October 7, 1849 at the age of forty. The exact cause of Poe’s death remains a mystery.
Sources: http://www.poemuseum.org/life.php www.biography.com/people/edgar-allan-poe-9443160