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I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. - Oscar Wilde
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. - Aldous Huxley
The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. - Paul Valery
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19th 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both of his parents (theater actors in Boston) died before he turned three years old. He was raised as a foster child by a wealthy family in Virginia. Poe was sent to the best boarding schools by his foster father, where he excelled in his class. Poe later attended the University of Virginia, but was forced to quit the school when John Allan (his foster dad) refused to pay, even though Poe was first in his class. Poe is Edgar’s parent’s last name, and Allan is his foster family’s last name. Poe then returned to Richmond, Virginia to find the love of his life engaged. Poe then moved back to Boston and enlisted in the army where he wrote his first poems. His poems were later published in 1827. He later was offered a job to be the editor of the Sothern Literary Messenger in 1835. Some of his famous poems written were “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and “The Raven”. Despite being famous, Poe suffered severely from depression. He spent many nights drinking and trying to find out what there is to live for. Because of Poe’s depression, he became a heavy alcoholic. Poe later had a mysterious death from acute congestion of the brain at age 40.

"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity." Edgar Allan Poe Edgar_Allan_Poe_2_cropped.jpg