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What was Edgar Allan Poe's relationship with the Allan family?


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November 27, 2010 6:16PM

The familial relationship was that the Allans were Poe's foster parents. They did not adopt him. Frances Allan and Edgar had a loving relationship. John Allan was cold toward Poe, never wanting to take him in in the first place. John sent him to various schools and one year at the University of Virginia. John Allan did not approve of Poe's behavior there since Poe accumulated $2000.00 in gambling debts. He refused to pay Poe's debts and refused to pay any more tuition.

When Frances died in 1829, Poe and John reconciled for a time. After John remarried, they became estranged again. John Allan died and did not even mention Poe in his will.