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Genesis HurtadoCP American Lit 4th PeriodJanuary 8, 2018 Edgar Allan Poe, was one of the most important and influential American writers of the 19th century. Most of his work was inspired by events that happened around him. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts but within 3 years after his birth, both of his parents died, which resulted in Edgar being put in an Orphanage. Soon, he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allen, which was also Edgar’s godfather, and his wife, Frances Valentine Allan, in Richmond, Virginia. Edgar had a brother and sister that went to live with other families, which left them separated for the rest of their lives. After school, Edgar attended college at the University of Virginia in 1826, but soon was forced to leave by his father John Allen after attending for eight months due to his heavy gambling debts. After leaving college, Edgar served in the U.S. Army for the next two years, but after another fall-out with his father, John Poe, completely cut all ties with Edgar who eventually got dismissed from the academy for rule infractions. Around the same time, Edgar had already published three works of poetry, none of which had received much attention. While working as an editor in Richmond, Virginia, Edgar married his thirteen year old cousin, Virginia Clemm. He also finished his first full length work of fiction then Author Gordan Pym published Edgars work in 1838. Edgar then lost his job due to heavy drinking which resulted to him and his wife to move to Philadelphia. In 1844, Edgar and his wife moved to New York City, little did he knew that the following year would lead him to great success with the poem he wrote “The Raven.” While working to launch the Broadway Journal, which was a big fail, Tragedy struck the Poe’s, when Virginia got sick and later died of tuberculosis in early 1847. Losing his wife drove Edgar even deeper into alcoholism and drug abuse. In 1849, Edgar returned to Richmond, Virginia and got engaged to an old friend, but before the big wedding, more tragedy struck and Edgar died, although unclear about how his death occurred, it seemed that he went to go drink at a party in Baltimore but then disappeared and was found three days later incoherent in a gutter. He died on October 7, 1849, at age 40.

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