Both women resided in the same household and "were particularly fond of their 'pet'" (Biography 4). The doting of these women seems to have been "offset by occasional by probably well-timed severity" inflicted upon Edgar by Mr. Allan (Biography 4).
By 1815, the family sailed for England with 6-year-old Edgar in tow. He would be moved repeatedly with Mr. Allan's business engagements until the Fall of 1817, when he was entered at the Manor House School at Stoke Newington. The young Poe's memories of his five years' stay in Scotland and England were exceedingly vivid and continued to furnish him recollections for the remainder of his life. A curious and vivid reminiscence of these early school days in England remains in his story of William Wilson. It is significant of his relations with his foster-parents that the bills for his English schooling were paid for by Mr. Allan. There can be little doubt that, at this time, Mr. Allan regarded Edgar as his son.
By 1824, Poe's life began turning from one of comfort to one of difficulty. Mr. Allan, after several failed business ventures, was in "precarious financial straits" (Biography 5). Mrs. Allan's health was failing. To make matters worse, Mrs. Allan had somehow become aware that her husband "indulged in extra-marital relations" (Biography 5). In 1826, while at the University of Virginia, Poe begins to drink and accumulates an enormous debt from gambling and frivolous indulgence. Mr. Allan appears to have given him some money, but "considerably less than the amount necessary to pay his way" (Biography 6). When confronted with his wards debts in 1827, John Allan would refuse to pay them and would cease to pay for Poe's education..
Later in life, Poe would sever all ties with Allan. Condemned to...
The researcher of this essay analyzes and then discusses the biography of Edgar Allan Poe, who was born in 1809, the second of three children born to David Poe, an American Revolution Patriot-turned-actor, and Elizabeth Poe, a “young childless widow, also an actress”. An orphan by the age of two, Edgar was taken in by the Allan family, John Allan and his wife, Frances Keeling Valentine Allan. In the early years of his life, at least, it would seem that Edgar was quite spoiled by Mrs. Allan and her unmarried sister, Nancy Valentine. A curious and vivid reminiscence of these early school days in England remains in his story of William Wilson. It is significant of his relations with his foster-parents that the bills for his English schooling were paid for by Mr. Allan. The images of gruesome brutality, death, and depravity have earned Poe a reputation among some as little more than morbid and sadistic writer. This reputation is somewhat unwarranted, as “time and time again neurotic protagonists are impelled by the strange ‘spirit of Perverseness’—an anticipation of the Freudian ‘death wish’—to commit outrageous murder and to confess their guilt”. Poe’s imagination is seemingly boundless, and few of today’s readers seem aware that he is a pioneer of the detective story genre and the father of the science fiction story genre. The researcher then concluds that C. Auguste Dupin, a character of Poe’s sleuth series, embodies “the idealized version of Poe that life had never been allowed him to be”.