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Raven, The

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Raven, The

One year after Edgar Poe’s birth in 1809, his father abandoned the family, and then Poe’s mother died the following year. Poe went to live with the Allans, who lived in Richmond, VA, and he was given the name Edgar Allan Poe, though he was never adopted by the family. Poe married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, in 1835, and it is thought that her death from tuberculosis just two years later inspired much of Poe’s writing. The publication of Poe’s poem “The Raven” (1845) made him an instant success, but he always suffered from financial problems during his lifetime. In 1849, Poe was found wandering the streets of Baltimore and was taken to the hospital, where he died at the age of 40.