Edgar Allan Poe

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  • Edgar Allan Poe was Born

    Edgar Allan Poe was Born
    Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone.
  • Poe's Sister is born.

    Poe's Sister is born.
    Rosalie was the younger sister of American writer Edgar Allan Poe and oldest child William Henry Leonard Poe. Each child was taken in by a different family when their mother, actress Eliza Poe died December 8, 1811. Their father, actor David Poe, Jr., had already disappeared by this time.
  • Poe's Parents Die

    Poe's Parents Die
    Elizabeth Arnold Poe dies of tuberculosis in Richmond, Virginia. Within days, David Poe also dies of tuberculosis. With no parents to take care of them, the three children of the family are split up. Henry goes to live with his paternal grandparents. A Richmond couple, John and Frances Allan, take in Edgar as a foster child. Rosalie is taken in by another Richmond family named Mackenzie. Both Edgar and Rosalie adopt their foster families' names as their middle names.
  • Poe writes his first poem

    Poe writes his first poem
    A fifteen-year-old Edgar Allan Poe pens his first known poem: "Last night, with many cares & toils oppres'd,/ Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest."
  • Poe inlists into the army.

    Poe inlists into the army.
    Poe enlists in the U.S. Army under the name "Edgar A. Perry." Shortly after, his first book—a poetry collection entitled Tamerlane and Other Poems—is published. The author is listed only as "A Bostonian."
  • Poe's older brother dies

    Poe's older brother dies
    Edgar's older brother Henry dies of either tuberculosis or cholera at the age of 27.
  • Poe marries his cousin

    Poe marries his cousin
    Poe—now 27 years old—marries his thirteen-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, at a ceremony in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Poe writes his first novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym."

    Poe writes his first novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym."
    The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is the only complete novel written by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. The work relates the tale of the young Arthur Gordon Pym, who stows away aboard a whaling ship called the Grampus. Various adventures and misadventures befall Pym, including shipwreck, mutiny, and cannibalism, before he is saved by the crew of the Jane Guy. Aboard this vessel, Pym and a sailor named Dirk Peters continue their adventures further south.
  • Poe's story collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is published

    Poe's story collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is published
    It was published by the Philadelphia firm Lea & Blanchard and released in two volumes. The publisher was willing to print the anthology based on the recent success of Poe's story "The Fall of the House of Usher." Even so, Lea & Blanchard would not pay Poe any royalties; his only payment was 20 free copies. Poe had sought Washington Irving to endorse the book, writing to him, "If I could be permitted to add even a word or two from yourself... my fortune would be made."
  • Poe Publishes "The Raven"

    Poe Publishes "The Raven"
    "The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness.
  • Poes wife dies of tuberculosis

    Poes wife dies of tuberculosis
    The disease and eventual death of his wife had a substantial effect on Edgar Allan Poe, who became despondent and turned to alcohol to cope. Her struggles with illness and death are believed to have affected his poetry and prose, where dying young women appear as a frequent motif, as in "Annabel Lee", "The Raven", and "Ligeia".
  • Edgar Allan Poe Dies

    Edgar Allan Poe Dies
    The death of Edgar Allan Poe on October 7, 1849, has remained mysterious: the circumstances leading up to it are uncertain and the cause of death is disputed. On October 3, Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, He was taken to the Washington College Hospital, where he died at 5 a.m. on Sunday, October 7. Poe was never coherent enough to explain how he came to be in that state.
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