Abstract – scaricare il file per l'appunto completo Born  in Boston in 1809, Edgar Allan Poe was the son of poor, itinerant actors. His father, who had the reputation of an alcoholic, left his family in 1810, and his mother died of consumption the following year. Edgar was brought up by the Allans, a childless couple; it was after 1824 that his full name became Edgar Allan Poe. After attending school, first in the States and then in England, he went to the University of Virginia in 1826. Once there, he ran into debt by gambling, and when the Allans refused to pay, he left for Boston where he published his first collections of poems. These works attracted little attention and brought him no money, so he decided to join the army and entered the military academy of West Point where he remained only seven months. He then moved to Baltimore where his aunt, Maria Clemm, lived. He fell in love with his cousin Virginia, whose pale, fragile beauty  and childlike character embodied the morbid ideal he – segue nel file da scaricare