Edgar allan Poe timeline

  • 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.
  • Solider and published author

    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."
  • First Novel

    Poe's first novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is published
  • Magazine editor

    Poe is hired as an editor at Burton's Gentleman's Magazine, a job he holds until June 1840.
  • Never more

    Poe publishes the poem , The Raven in the New York Evening Mirror. It is wildly successful, bringing the writer the fame and fortune that have long eluded him. He soon becomes editor and owner of a magazine called the Broadway Journal, a doomed enterprise that is already in debt when Poe takes over.