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How did the background of Poe influenced his writing. NEED HELP BY 5/08/2003
-- Anonymous, May 04, 2003
Well I do not have much of an answer, but I hope it contributes to what you need. His mother, Eliza (Elizabeth Arnold) Poe, died of Tuberculosis before he was 3. He watched her fade away. His father left his family (doesnt have a whole lot to do with his writing). Then when he was 15, the mother (Jane Stith Stanard) of a classmate of his died of a brain tumor. Jane Stith Stanard was Edgar's idealistic mother figure and he was very attached to her. Her death supposedly is the start of his lifelong depression. Then his stepmother, Frances Allan, died of tuberculosis in 1829. This saddened Edgar. When he was a young child he was engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster. Her family disproved of him twice in his lifetime and when he got back from a university, she was engaged to another man. This too doesnt play much of a part, but little things matter. Edgar then went into debt in college and John Allan, refused to help him and their relation was messed up after that. He then married his first cousin Virginia Clemm on May 16, 1836. He loved her very dear. They were married until January 30, 1847 when Virginia died of Tuberculosis also. Before she died, but she was still ill, Edgar wrote "The Raven". I am incredibly sorry for the inorganization of this. Just put it in order and it should make sense. lol.
-- Anonymous, May 07, 2003