Elizabeth Poe died when Edgar was 2 years old. After she separated She took her three kids with her. Henry went to live with his grandparents while Edgar wasadopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan and Rosalie was taken in by another family. John Allan was a successful merchant, so Edgar grew up in good surroundings and went to good schools.
When Poe was 6, hewent to school in England for 5 years. He learned Latin and French, math’s and history. He later returned to school in America and continued his studies. Edgar Allan went to the University of Virginiain 1826. He was 17. Even though John Allan had plenty of money, he only gave Edgar about a third of what he needed. Edgar had done well in Latin and French, but he started to drink heavily andquickly became in debt. He had to quit school less than a year later.
Poe in the Army
Edgar Allan had no money, no job skills, so he went to Boston and joined the U.S. Army in 1827. He was 18. Hedid well in the Army and attained the rank of sergeant major. In 1829, Mrs. Allan died and John Allan tried to be friendly towards Edgar and signed Edgar's application to West Point.
In 1830,Edgar Allan entered West Point as a cadet. He didn't stay long because John Allan refused to send him any money. It is thought that Edgar purposely broke the rules and ignored his duties so he would bedismissed.
A Struggling Writer
In 1831, Edgar Allan Poe went to New York City where he had published some of his poetry. He submitted stories to a number of magazines and they were allrejected. Poe had no friends, no job, and was in financial trouble. He sent a letter to John Allan begging for help but none came. John Allan died in 1834 and did not mention Edgar in his will.