; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic.
Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.
Poe was born in Boston, the second child of two actors.
During his time there, Poe lost touch with Royster and also became estranged from his foster father over gambling debts.
Poe claimed that Allan had not given him sufficient money to register for classes, purchase texts, and procure and furnish a dormitory.
With the death of Frances Allan in 1829, Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement.
However, Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with John Allan.
Tension developed later as John Allan and Edgar repeatedly clashed over debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of secondary education for the young man.
Poe attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money.
Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism.
His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.
He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story.