Edgar Allan Poe TImeline

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  • Edgar Allan Poe was born

    Edgar Allan Poe was born
    Edgar Allan Poe born January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849 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 Ame
  • Poe’s Sister is born

    Poe’s Sister is born
    Poe's sister Rosalie is born. Shortly after her birth, or possibly even before it, David Poe deserts the family, leaving Poe's mother alone with three children. Making matters worse, Elizabeth Poe soon falls ill with tuberculosis.
  • 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
    Poe writes a two-line poem: “— Poetry - Edgar A. Poe — Last night, with many cares & toils oppres‘d, Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest —.” (This is Poe’s earliest surviving poem. It was never published during his lifetime, nor used as part of a longer poem.)
  • 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.
    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 marries his thirteen year old cousin, Virginia Clemm

    Poe marries his thirteen year old cousin, Virginia Clemm
    Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe was the wife of American writer Edgar Allan Poe. The couple were first cousins and married when Virginia Clemm was 13 and Poe was 27. Some biographers have suggested that the couple's relationship was more like that between brother and sister than like husband and wife in that they may have never consummated their marriage. In January 1842 she contracted tuberculosis, growing worse for five years until she died of the disea
  • 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 of Nantucket (1838) 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. Docking on land, the
  • Poe's story collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is published in two volumes.

    Poe's story collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is published in two volumes.
    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.[1] 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 poem, The Raven

    Poe publishes the poem, 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. The lover, often identified as being a student,[1][2] is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant r
  • 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 Allen Poe Dies.

    Edgar Allen Poe Dies.
    Four days after being discovered on the streets of Baltimore disheveled and incoherent, Edgar Allan Poe died in the Washington College Hospital of Maryland’s capital on October 7, 1849. Just 40 years old, the man from New England had risen to fame by composing a series of dark poems and short stories. Decades before the world knew of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes, Poe was crafting tales filled with mystery for literary magazines all over the fledgling United States