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Biographical Information
Edgar Allan Poe

Born in Boston, Massachusetts
Parents died 1811
Raised (but not adopted) by John Allan, whose name he took as a middle name

1826 - entered University of Virginia, but stayed only 1 year
1827 - published Tamerlane, a book of poems
1830 - accepted at West Point, but stayed briefly
1831 - Poe unsupported by any family; the author of 3 volumes of poetry
1835 - served as staff writer of Southern Literary Messenger, Richmond, Virginia, married Virginia Clemm, a cousin, age 13
1845 - published The Raven and Other Poems

Edgar Allan Poe was the founder of the modern detective story, and an able critic, as well as a poet and short story writer.