Edgar Allan Poe Timeline

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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.
  • 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
    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.
    Poe enlists in the U.S. Army under the name "Edgar A. Perry." he claimed he was 22 years old even though he was 18. He first served at Fort Independence in Boston Harbor. That same year, he released his first book, a 4 0-page collection of poetry entitled Tamerlane and Other Poemsis 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. He was a sailor, amateur poet
  • Poe marries his thirteen year old cousin, Virginia Clemm.

    Poe marries his thirteen 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 Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.

    Poe writes his first novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.
    Poe's first novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is published.The story of an ill-fated sea voyage, Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, his only novel, has captured the attention of generations of readers with its action-packed plot, imaginative use of symbol and myth, depiction of cannibalism, and numerous unusual occurrences.
  • 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.
    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."
  • Poe publishes the poem, The Raven.

    Poe publishes the poem, The Raven.
    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,is lamenting the loss of his love,Poe claimed to have written the poem very logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes
  • 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.
    Edgar and Virginia were married for eleven years until her early death, which may have inspired some of his writing.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.
    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.