Edgar Allan Poe Biography
Allan Poe, son of Actress Eliza Poe and Actor David Poe Jr.,
born 19th of January 1809, was mostly known for his poems and
short tales and his literary criticism. He has been given credit
for inventing the detective story and his pshycological thrillers
have been infuences for many writers worldwide.
Edgar and his brother and
sister were orphaned before Edgar's third birthday and Edgar
was taken in to the home of John and Fanny Allan in Richmond,
Va. The Allans lived in England for five years (1815-1820) where
Edgar also attended school. In 1826 he entered the University
of Virginia. Although a good student he was forced to gambling
since John Allan did not provide well enough. Allan refused
to pay Edgar's debts and Edgar had to leave the University after
only one year.