Edgar Allan Poe Biography | Author of The Tell-Tale Heart

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Edgar Allan Poe was born into a theatrical family on January 19, 1809. His father, David Poe, was a lawyer-turned-actor, and his mother, Elizabeth Arnold, was an English actress. Both his parents died before Poe turned three years old, and he was raised by John Allan, a rich businessman, in Richmond, Virginia. Allan never legally adopted Poe, and their relationship became a stormy one after Poe reached his teenage years.

Unlike the narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart," who claims that he had no desires for the old man's gold, Poe was dependent on Allan for financial support. While Allan funded Poe's education at a private school in England for five years, he failed to support him when he attended the University of Virginia and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Aware that he would never inherit much from his prosperous foster father, Poe embarked on a...

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