Edgar Alan Poe life story

Edgar Alan Poe life story

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  • Edgar Alan Poe was born January 19, 1809 in Boston, MA.
  • Edgar had a foster family.
  • He went to the University of Virginia.
  • Both of his parents were professional actors. They both died before Edgar was 3 years old for unknown reasons. His father abandoned him and his family before he was 1.
  • He married his cousin.
  • He moved in with his foster family to London in 1815.
  • He was found unconscious.
  • He invented a new profession (writing).
  • Only seven people attended his funeral.
  • When Edgar married his cousin, she was only 13 and he was 27. That may seem odd in present time, but in the 1800s, it was very common.
  • He was a major alcoholic, even though some people believe that he drank just as much as everyone else. Edgar has also attempted suicide.
  • His enemy also wrote his obituary. A week before his death, his doctor advised him not to travel, and when he died, Edgar was on his way to Philadelphia for an editing job.
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