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Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts; He was orphaned as a child and raised by John Allan, a successful businessman of Richmond, Virginia. The Allan Family took Poe to England and placed him in a private school. When he returned to the United States in 1820, he continued to go to private schools. He attended the University of Virginia for a year, but in 1827 his foster father refused to pay for …

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…of TB still seemed to die. These deaths played a major effect on Poe's writing style. Nearly every short story Poe wrote was about death.Poe literature has more symbolism to it then it may appear at first. There are frequent schemes that seem to run through out all of his writings. How you interpret them is up to you. Generally you can see his obsession with death as well as his hatred toward men.