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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The American author Edgar Allan Poe, the son of a Scottish-Irish actor and English actress, was born in Boston in 1809. By the age of two, both his parents were dead and young Edgar and his brother and sister were left in the care of family friends, John and Frances Allan. John Allan was a wealthy Virginia businessman who had been born in Irvine. In 1815, he and his new family returned to the town on business. Edgar was sent to the old Burgh School at Kirkgatehead, where his studies included visits to the nearby churchyard to copy the inscriptions from the tombs.

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