Edgar Poe is born to Eliza and David Poe, both professional actors. His parents die within days of each other of tuberculosis when he is three years old and he is split up from his sister Rosalie, and brother Henry, to be fostered by John and Frances Allan, successful tobacco merchants, who could not have their own children. He adds their name to his own. Poe is educated well, and develops a love of writing and gambling at a young age. He grows up close to his mother, but feels restricted by his father.