History of poe

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    Edgar Allen Pro

    Poe died in balrimore hospital.
  • Sister Born

    Sister 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. ( Snmoop)
  • Parents Death

    Parents Death
    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. (Snmoop)
  • First Poem

    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." (Snmoop)
  • College

    Poe enrolls midway through the academic year at the University of Virginia, which had opened less than a year before. (snmoop)
  • Death of Foster Mother

    Death of Foster Mother
    Poe's foster mother, Frances Allan, with whom he was still close, dies in Richmond. Poe—by now a sergeant major in the Army—obtains leave to travel to her funeral.
  • West Point

    West Point
    Poe is appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A few months later he publishes his second book of poetry, Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems.
  • Death of Brother

    Death of Brother
    Edgar's older brother Henry dies of either tuberculosis or cholera at the age of 27. (snmoop)
  • Marriage

    Poe—now 27 years old—marries his thirteen-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, at a ceremony in Richmond, Virginia. (snmoop)
  • First Novel

    First Novel
    Poe's first novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is published. (Snmoop)
  • Editing Again

    Editing Again
    Poe begins as an editor at Graham's Magazine, where he works until May 1842. The magazine runs Poe's short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," the first-ever entry in a genre now known as the detective story. (Snmoop)
  • Lecturer

    Poe begins delivering lectures on poetry. He is a popular lecturer, frequently speaking to packed audiences. (Snmoop)
  • Death of Wife

    Death of Wife
    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.
  • Engagement

    Poe proposes to a poet named Sarah Helen Whitman, who agrees on the condition that he quit drinking. Poe can't live up to the promise, and Whitman calls off the engagement a month later. (Snmoop)
  • Death

    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. (Snmoop)