Edgar Allen Poe Timeline

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  • Edgar Allen Poe is born

    Edgar was born in Boston, Poe was the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia. Although they never formally adopted him, Poe was with them well into young adulthood.
  • 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.
  • Dec 8, 1811 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
  • 1824 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 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

    Edgar's older brother Henry dies of either tuberculosis or cholera at the age of 27.
  • 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's first novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is published.It is wildly successful, bringing the writer the fame and fortune that have long eluded him.
  • Poe publishes the poem, The Raven.

    It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • Poe's story collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is published in two volumes.

    The number of copies printed by the publisher has been given as 750 or 1,750.