The Existence of Edgar Allan Poe

Timeline created by SakoyaHart
  • Poe's Birthday

    Poe's Birthday
    He was Born in Boston to Elizabeth Arnold Poe, and David Poe Jr., and his older brother Henry Poe.(Schmoop)
  • Parents Die/ Fostered by the Allans

    Parents Die/ Fostered by the Allans
    Both of his parents die of Tuberculosis forcing him and his siblings (Younger sister Rosalie and older brother Henry) to split up into different foster families. Edgar is fostered by John and Frances Allan from Richmond Virginia.(Schmoop)
  • Poe writes his First Poem

    Poe writes his First Poem
    The Poem's name was "Last night, with many cares & toils oppres'd,/ Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest."(Schmoop)
  • Poe begins Gambling/Drinking

    Poe begins Gambling/Drinking
    Poe becomes a heavy gambler and alcoholic which results in him dropping out of college and splitting with the Allans because of a $ 2,000 debt. He then joins the armyafter publishing his first book, "Tamerlane and Other Poems". (Schmoop)
  • Foster Mother Dies

    Foster Mother Dies
    Poe is now a sergeant major in the Army. His foster mother, Frances Allan, dies. He was still close to her at the time, and her death saddened him.
  • Marriage

    Poe at the age of 27, marries his thirteen-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm in Virginia.
  • Poe Starts Publishing

    Poe Starts Publishing
    Poe publishes his first novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym". Then in 1840 he publishes his story collection "Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque".
  • Poe creates a new Genre

    Poe creates a new Genre
    "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" (Shmoop).
  • The Raven

    The Raven
    Poe publishes one of hist most popular Poems even today called " The Raven". (Schmoop)
  • Death of Virginia

    Death of Virginia
    Poe's wife Virginia dies of tuburculosis, sending him on a downward spiral of alchoholism and grief. ( Schmoop)
  • Engaged

    Poe convinces his childhood sweetheart, Elmira Royster Shelton, to marry him. He joins the Sons of Temperance, an organization that forbids drinking. ( Schmoop)
  • The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

    The Death of Edgar Allan Poe
    Poe was found disheveled unconcious in a gutter in Baltimore. When taken to the hospital he was pronounced dead.(Schmoop)
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    Life and Death of Poe

    He lived until he was 40.
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    Revitalizes American Literature

    " In the course of his relatively short life Poe revitalized American literature, producing perfectly crafted stories and poems." ( Schmoop)