¨1. Write about Poe’s mother and father.
His parents were traveling actors. The family was dirt poor. By 1811, his father had abandoned the family, leaving Elizabeth Poe alone with two-year-old Edgar, his elder brother Henry, and his infant sister Rosalie.
¨2. How old was Poe when his mother died? What did she die from?
He was 2 years old and she died from tuberculosis
¨3. What happened to the orphaned Poe and his siblings?
The three Poe children were split up. Henry went off to live with his paternal grandparents. Rosalie was adopted by the Mackenzie family of Richmond. And Edgar was taken in by the family of John and Frances Allan
¨4. Who took in Poe and describe his upbringing.
John Allan was a successful merchant, and Edgar grew up fairly comfortably. He was close to his foster mother, Frances, but never with to foster father, who always thought Edgar was a punk, shamefully ungrateful for all the couple did for him. From 1815 to 1820, the family lived in England, where young Edgar got a good education at a school outside of London.
¨5. Describe some events of his adolescence.
He had a lot of death in the family and no real parent figures
¨6. Where did he go to college? Describe his experience there.
Poe went to the University of Virginia and he was a good student with a bad gambling problem. By the end of his first semester he had run up a $2,000 debt
¨7. Why did Poe join the military and how well did he do?
Edgar Allan had no money, no job skills, and had been shunned by John Allan. Edgar went to Boston and joined the U.S. Army in 1827.His first posting was in Fort Independence in Boston Harbor and was paid with a salary of five dollars a month. In 1827, he published his first book, “Tamerlane and Other Poems”, which was a forty page poetry collection. His regiment was posted to Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina, wherein he was promoted to the rank of “artificer”, an enlisted tradesman who prepared shells for artillery. He served for another two years and held the rank of Sergeant Major for Artillery.
¨8. Who did he marry and what were the circumstances of the marriage?
He married his cousin Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe
¨9. What poem did Poe write for his wife?
10. What condition did Poe suffer from following her death?