The Childhood Of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe’s life was one of many sorrows and difficulties, filled with deaths of close family and many broken loves. Men disappointed him throughout the entirety of his life, and he saw women as angels that had come to redeem him from the depths of his depression and alcoholism. These occurrences, along with many others, especially those of his childhood, led Poe to become one of the greatest authors of his time. He is called “the father of horror and mystery”, as well as the father of science fiction (Wilson Par. 4).
Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809 to the parent of Elizabeth Arnold Poe (maiden name Hopkins) and her husband David Poe, Jr. Elizabeth, commonly referred to as Eliza, and David met while working together at Mr. Placide’s Theatre Company out of Boston. The decided to get married while on tour in 1806, and together had three children-William Henry Leonard, Edgar, and their little sister Rosalie (Edgar Allan Poe Par. 12). Shortly after the birth of Rose, the couple parted. It is a common belief that Mr. Poe was an alcoholic and chose the drink over his family (Biography).
Not long after the departure of David, Mrs. Poe fell ill, which is assumed to have been caused by consumption, known today as tuberculosis. Just a couple of months after her first symptoms arose she passed away, leaving a four year old Henry, two year old Edgar and eleven month old Rosalie with no home. The only memory that would survive of Edgar’s mother was a small portrait of her. On the back of the photograph these words were inscribed, “For my little son, Edgar, who should ever love Boston, the place of his birth, and where his mother found her best, and most sympathetic friends” (Edgar Allan Poe Par. 15).
After Mrs. Poe’s death, the three children were split up and sent to live with different families. Edgar was sent to live with John and Frances Valentine Allan. From this point forward, Poe had little contact with his two siblings. The Allan’s had no children and Poe spent the majority of his time in private studies (Wilson Par. 6). Even...

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