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I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Month of.. Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's 203rd birthday is 19th of this month. Because of that, I thought he deserved a month dedicated to his birth and his accomplishments.

I've read Edgar's work before I even started reading on a daily basis. I was fascinated with his dark romance and whit and his ability to entrance me in each poem and story I've ever read of his. Today, I thought I'd start out with his childhood. 

Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents, Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe, Jr. were traveling actors and very poor. By the time Edgar was three, both his parents had died and he was left in the care of his grandfather, John Allen.

Here's a bit from an article I'm reading.. 
"Edgar Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. That makes him Capricorn, on the cusp of Aquarius. His parents were David and Elizabeth Poe. David was born in Baltimore on July 18, 1784. Elizabeth Arnold came to the U.S. from England in 1796 and married David Poe after her first husband died in 1805. They had three children, Henry, Edgar, and Rosalie.

Elizabeth Poe died in 1811, when Edgar was 2 years old. She had separated from her husband and had taken her three kids with her. Henry went to live with his grandparents while Edgar was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan and Rosalie was taken in by another family. John Allan was a successful merchant, so Edgar grew up in good surroundings and went to good schools.

When Poe was 6, he went to school in England for 5 years. He learned Latin and French, as well as math and history. He later returned to school in America and continued his studies. Edgar Allan went to the University of Virginia in 1826. He was 17. Even though John Allan had plenty of money, he only gave Edgar about a third of what he needed. Although Edgar had done well in Latin and French, he started to drink heavily and quickly became in debt. He had to quit school less than a year later." -

 Check back soon for more on Edgar Allan Poe.


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