John and Frances Allan adopted Edgar, they were familiar with his mother before her death, along with a new family, and Edgar went to live in Richmond, Virginia. Edgar childhood passed in an atmosphere of love and luxury (Battle 149). At the house of Allan, there were no children, and Edgar was treated with special care. They spared no expense to bring him up, although sometimes their deeds were unsuccessful (been there, even when they are threatened with bankruptcy), the boy did not feel it: he was dressed "like a prince," he had his horse, his dog. When Edgar was six years old, Allan brought him to England and arranged him an expensive guesthouse in London, where he studied for five years.