Early life This plaque in Boston marks the approximate location  where Edgar Poe was born. Poe was then taken into the home of John Allan, a successful Scottish merchant in Richmond, Virginia who dealt in a variety of goods, including tobacco, cloth, wheat, tombstones, and slaves. John Allan alternately spoiled and aggressively disciplined his foster son. There he studied at a boarding school in Chelsea until summer
His was one of the very few original minds that this country has produced. In the history of literature, he will hold a certain position and a high place.
By the public of the day he is regarded rather with curiosity than with admiration. Many will be startled, but few will be grieved by the news. He had very few friends, and he was the friend of very few—if any.
But his character and adventures were too remarkable, and his literary merits too indubitable, to pass from the stage with the simple announcement already given.
His family was a very respectable one in Baltimore.
His grandfather was a Quartermaster General in the Revolution, and the esteemed friend of Lafayette. During the last visit of that personage to this country, he called upon the widow to tender her his acknowledgments for services rendered him by her husband.
His great-grandfather married a daughter of the celebrated Admiral McBride. Through him they are related to many of the most illustrious families in England. He or his wife possessed mimetic genius, and they lived precariously. They came to Richmond in pursuit of their profession.
She was somewhat of a favorite on our boards—but more on account of her beauty than her acting. They both died in Richmond—both of consumption, and within a few weeks of each other, and left here without a house or home their gifted but most miserable and unfortunate son.
John Allan, a wealthy and kind hearted merchant of this place, having no children of his own, taking a natural fancy to the handsome, clever child, adopted him as son and heir.
He was consequently brought up amidst luxury, and received the advantages of education to their fullest extent. In he accompanied his adopted parents in a tour through England, Scotland and Ireland.
He returned inand continued about Richmond for two or three years. He was then remarkable for his general cleverness, his feats of activity, his wayward temper, extreme personal beauty, his musical recitations of verse, and power of extemporaneous tale-telling. In he went to the University of Virginia.
The University was then a most dissolute place, and Mr. Poe was remarked as the most dissolute and dissipated youth in the University. He was already a great classical scholar, and he made huge strides in mathematics, botany, and other branches of natural science.
But at the same time he drank, gambled, and indulged in other vices until he was expelled from the place. When he reached St. Petersburg, however, he found both money and enthusiasm exhausted, and he got into a quarrel with the Russian authorities—whether about liberty or lucre is not known.
At any rate he found himself nearly adding some knowledge of the knout and Siberia to his already extensive knowledge of men and manners, and was glad enough to accept the intervention of the American consul, Henry Middleton, and his aid to get home.
In he entered the Military Academy of West Point. In the meantime, Mr. Allan had lost his first wife, and married a lady his junior by a very great number of years—he being sixty-five.
Poe is said to have behaved uncivilly to the lady and to have ridiculed the match. The old gentleman wrote him an angry letter, and Mr. Poe answered it with a very bitter one.
The breach was never healed. Allan died a short time afterwards, and left Poe nothing.
Poe left West Point without graduating, and here commenced his disastrous battle of life, inhe printed a small volume of poems, his first brochure. They were favorably received by the reviewers, and well spoken of by their few readers. But they did not sell—at which we have never wondered.On the Welcome page, you will find a sample obituary, and two obituaries of Edgar Allan Poe.
Take a look at the sample obituary to get an idea of how obituaries are written and what kind of information is included. Oct 07, · EDGAR ALLAN POE died in Baltimore on Sunday last.
His was one of the very few original minds that this country has produced.
In the history of literature, he will hold a certain position and a high place. By the public of the day he is regarded rather with curiosity than with admiration. Many will be startled, but few will be grieved by the news. The day that Edgar Allan Poe was buried, a long obituary appeared in the New York Tribune signed "Ludwig".
It was soon published throughout the country. It was soon published throughout the country. The piece began, "Edgar Allan Poe is dead.
Watch video · Edgar Allan Poe died a mysterious death on October 7, Christopher P. Semtner, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA, offers 13 facts about the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise.
Find Edgar Poe's memorial at initiativeblog.com You can leave condolences in the Guest Book, buy sympathy flowers, and pay your respects. Oct 07, · Obituary of Edgar Allan Poe. By Sadie Stein October 7, Arts & Culture.
For this last he always continued to write, and to be well paid therefor. In , he published his “Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque.” In , we find him in New York editing the “Broadway Journal.” In , the well known volumes by Wiley.