Edgar Poe

  • Edgar Born

    born on January 19 in Boston, Mas-sachusetts.
  • Elizabeth

    Poe's mother, dies, leaving Edgar and his siblings orphaned.
  • Period: to


    The three brothers are separated and live with different families.
  • New Family

    Edgar is taken in by John and Francis Allan in Richmond, Virginia, a wealthy family
  • debts

    Edgar develops a gambling problem and incurs significant debts.
  • Failuire

    Publishes "Tamerlane and Other Poems", which is not successful.
  • Period: to


    Publishes a collection of stories.
  • Success

    Publishes "Poems by Edgar Allan Poe" and be-gins to send short stories to magazines.
  • Wins a Prize

    Wins a prize for her story "Ms. Found in a Bottle" and works for the Southern Literary Messenger.
  • Virginia

    Marries Virginia and moves to Richmond.
  • Moves

    Stops working at the Southern Literary Messenger and moves to New York and then to Philadelphia. He becomes co-editor of Burton's Gentleman's Magazine.
  • Publishes

    "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", considered the beginning of the detective fiction genre.
  • Wins

    Literary award for "The Gold Bug."
  • Publishes

    "The Tell-Tale Heart."
  • Virginia

    Poe's wife, dies of tuberculosis. He be-gins to abuse alcohol and suffers from depression.
  • Poe

    Found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, and dies four days later. The exact cause of his death remains a mystery.