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1809
Edgar Poe born in Boston to actors David and Eliza Poe, 19 January

1811
Eliza Poe, on theatrical tour, dies in Richmond, 8 December

Edgar is taken in by John and Frances Allan

 

1815
In England with the Allans (1815–20)

Attends school in London and suburban Stoke-Newington

1821
Continues schooling in Richmond (1821–25)

Shows aptitude for Latin, poetry, acting and swimming

 

1825
Secretly engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster

1826
Student at the University of Virginia

Excels
in ancient and modern languages

Incurs gambling debts

 

1827
Quarrels with John Allan

Leaves for Boston

Enlists in U.S. Army as “Edgar A. Perry”

Publishes Tamerlane and Other Poems in Boston

 

1829
Frances Allan dies, 28 February

Poe transferred to Fortress Monroe, Virginia

Promoted to Sergeant Major

Discharged from the army in March
Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems

1831
Expelled from West Point in February

Lives in Baltimore with aunt, Maria Clemm, and her daughter, Virginia
Poems: Second Edition contains “To Helen”

1833
“MS. Found in a Bottle” (short story) wins literary prize; is published in Baltimore Saturday Visitor,
19 October

 

1834
John Allan dies, 27 March

1835
“Hans Pfaal” (first modern science fiction story) published in Richmond’s Southern Literary Messenger, March issue

Moves to Richmond in mid-summer to join Messenger editorial staff

Courts cousin, Virginia Clemm
Brings Virginia and her mother to Richmond

 

1836
Marries Virginia Clemm (age 13) in Richmond, 16 May

Increases Messenger circulation

1837
Resigns from Messenger

Moves to New York, January

1838
Moves to Philadelphia

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (novel)

 

1839
Becomes assistant editor of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine in June

The Conchologist’s First Book
(scientific textbook)

1840
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (2 vols.) includes “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Quarrels with editor of Burton’s, leaves in May

1841
Becomes editor of Graham’s Magazine in February

“Murders in the Rue Morgue”
(first modern detective story)

 

1842
Publishes stories:
“The Pit and the Pendulum”
“The Masque of the Red Death”
“The Mystery of Marie Rogêt”

Interviews Charles Dickens in March

1843
Publishes stories:
“The Tell-Tale Heart”
“The Gold Bug”
“The Black Cat”

Publishes critical essay:
“The Rationale of Verse”

1844
Moves to New York City

Lectures on “The Poets and Poetry of America”

“The Balloon Hoax” (satirical story)

 

1845
Publishes “The Raven” in the New York Evening Mirror, 29 January

Publishes Tales in July

Publishes The Raven and Other Poems in November

1846
Moves to Fordham, New York

“The Cask of Amontillado” (story)

“The Philosophy of Composition” (critical essay)

several Poe stories translated, critically acclaimed in France

1847
Virginia Clemm Poe dies, 30 January

Poe falls ill

Completes “Ulalume” (poem)

 

1848
Eureka (philosophical essay)

Reads “The Poetic Principle” (critical essay) to audience of 1,800

Writes “The Bells” (poem)

1849
In Richmond to lecture and see friends in mid-summer

Engaged to widow Sarah Elmira (Royster) Shelton, former fiancée

Leaves Richmond for New York, 27 September

Found delirious in Baltimore, 3 October

Dies, 7 October

Poems appear posthumously:
“The Bells”
“Annabel Lee”
“El Dorado”

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