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Edgar Allan Poe Was Born
January 19, 1809

Poe was a successful editor, journalist, and critic of literature, but his personal life was full of tragedy and romance, much like his stories. Poe's parents, both actors, died when he was two. He was left in the care of kind, childless foster parents, the Allans. They sent him to excellent schools and supported him in every way, but Poe had problems with gambling and drinking. He experienced the loss of many of the women in his life: first his own mother, then a friend's mother when he was 15, his foster mother when he was 20, then his frail young wife, Virginia Clem.
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