Edgar Allan Poe

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  • Edgar Allan Poe is born.

    Edgar Allan Poe is 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.
  • Poe's sister is born.

    Poe's sister is born.
    Rosalie was born on December 20, 1810, but there is no solid documentary evidence for this claim. All we know is that she was born long enough after the mysterious disappearance of her mother Eliza's husband, David Poe, for questions to arise about the child's paternity.
  • 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.
  • 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 enlists in the U.S. Army and shortly after his first book is published

    Poe enlists in the U.S. Army and shortly after his first book is published
    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 13 year old cousin Virginia Clemm

    Poe marries his 13 year old cousin Virginia Clemm
    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 Narative of Arthur Gordon Pym

    Poe writes his first novel The Narative of Arthur Gordon Pym
    Poe's first novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is published.
  • Poe's story collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is published in 2 volumes

    Poe's story collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is published in 2 volumes
    Poe's story collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is published in two volumes.
  • 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
  • Poe's wife Virginia dies of Tuberculosis at their home in the Bronx.

    Poe's wife Virginia dies of Tuberculosis at their home in the Bronx.
    Poe's wife Virginia dies of tuberculosis at their home in the Bronx. Poe has been so despondent during the final months of her illness that friends thought he was going insane. The loss of his wife sends Poe into a downward spiral of alcoholism
  • Edgar Allan Poe dies.

    Edgar Allan Poe dies.
    After being found unconscious in a Baltimore gutter, Edgar Allan Poe is taken to the hospital and pronounced dead of causes still unknown. He is buried at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.