Edgar Allan Poe's foster mother, Frances Keeling Valentine Allan, died on Feb. 28, 1829. She is buried at the Shockoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond, Va. At the time, Poe was a sergeant major in the Army.Know More
Frances married John Allan in 1803, but they had no children of their own. After Poe's mother, the English actress Eliza Poe, died of consumption, Frances and John Allan took the orphaned boy into their home. Poe had a very close relationship with Frances and referred to her as "Ma."
In a letter to his foster father after Frances' death, Poe wrote, "I came home, you will remember, the night of the burial—If she had not died while I was away there would have been nothing to regret—Your love I never valued—but she I believed loved me as her own child."Learn more about Literature
The most significant historical event in 1791 was the ratification of the Bill of Rights, which is the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. In addition, Vermont became the 14th state to be admitted to the Union, and the first boundary stones were laid to mark off what would become the District of Columbia.Full Answer >
The main conflict in "Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis is Bud's circumstances after the death of his mother when he is left in the care of the state. He lives with an abusive family in a foster home until he runs away to look for the man he believes is his father, and eventually finds him.Full Answer >
Some scary stories include "Beyond the Wall" by Ambrose Bierce, "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe and "The Thing on the Doorstep" by H.P. Lovecraft. These classic stories make great reading for Halloween or any other time of the year.Full Answer >
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