Edgar Allen Poe Timeline - Brian Moore

  • Edgar Poe Is Born

    Edgar Poe Is Born
    Edgar Poe (the Allan came later) was born 19 January 1809 in Boston to Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe, Jr. His parents were traveling actors. (Shmoop)
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    Edgar Allen Poe Timeline

  • 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. (shmoop). This could have led to depressed behavior.
  • Poe Joins The Military

    Poe Joins The Military
    Unable to support himself, on May 27, 1827, Poe enlisted in the United States Army as a private. Using the name "Edgar A. Perry", he claimed he was 22 years old even though he was 18. (wkipedia)
  • Poe's Brother Dies

    Poe's Brother Dies
    Edgar's older brother Henry dies of either tuberculosis or cholera at the age of 27. This coold have lead to his dpressing poems. (shmoop)
  • Poe's First Novel

    Poe's First Novel
    Poe's first novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is published. (shmoop)
  • Poe Writes Raven

    Poe Writes Raven
    first published in January 1845. It is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere.
  • Poe's Wife Dies

    Poe's Wife Dies
    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. Some say this lead to a change in his poems. (shmoop)
  • Edgar Allen Poe's Death

    Edgar Allen Poe's Death
    On 3 October 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found in a Baltimore street (some reports say in a gutter), semi-conscious and wearing clothes that didn't fit him. He was taken to a hospital, where he spent four delirious days before perishing on 7 October 1849. He was 40 years old. (Shmoop) Poe revitilized american literature and created a new genre of writing.