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Temperamental, dramatic, multi-talented, Edgar Allan Poe had a personality that grew from his tempestuous past. Orphaned at an early age and eventually disowned by his foster family, Edgar Allan Poe combined an unsteady temperament with a constant quest for stability and artistic expression.

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For more about Poe, read MysteryNet's profile of Edgar Allan Poe and the full-length version of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".



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