Edgar Allan Poe

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  • Birth

    Edgar Poe is born on January 19, in Boston.
  • Parents Seperate

    Parents Seperate
    1 Year later, Edgar's parents separate. Elizabeth Poe takes the children.
  • Death of Edgar's Mother and His Adoption

    2 years later, Edgar's mother, Elizabeth dies.
    Mr. and Mrs. John Allan adopt Edgar Poe.
  • Edgar Goes To School

    Edgar Goes To School
    Edgar Allan goes to school in England.
  • Edgar Goes To The U.S

    Edgar returns to the United States and continues his schooling.
  • Edgar Attends academy of William Burke

    Edgar attends the academy of William Burke, succeeds in athletics.
  • John Allan Inherits a Fortune

    John Allan inherits a fortune when his uncle dies.
  • Edgar attends University of Virginia

    Edgar attends the University of Virginia, goes by "Edgar Poe".
  • Poe Drops Out of School, Writes his First Book.

    Poe drops out of school because John Allan won't give him any money.
    Poe writes and prints his first book, "Tamerlane and other Poems".
    Poe can't support himself so he joins the United States Army.
  • Poe Attains Rank of Sergeant Major in the Army.

    Edgar Poe does well in the Army, attains rank of sergeant major.
  • Mrs. Allan dies, Poe and John reconcile, Poe applies to West Point.

    Mrs. Allan dies, Edgar returns home.
    Poe and John Allan temporarily reconcile their differences.
    Poe applies to West Point, John Allan sponsors him.
  • Poe gets kicked out of West Point.

    Poe deliberately gets kicked out of West Point.
  • Poe sumbits stories to magazines.

    Poe submits a number of stories to magazines. They are rejected.
  • Poe sends a letter to John Allan.

    Poe sends a desperate letter to John Allan asking for help, and is ignored.
  • John Allan dies

    John Allan dies and leaves Edgar nothing in his will.
  • Poe Wins a Contest

    Poe wins a contest for "The Manuscript Found in a Bottle".
    Because of the contest, Poe finally gets a job.
  • Edgar Marries his Cousin Virginia.

    Edgar Poe marries his cousin Virginia in May. She is 13.
  • Poe writes "Ligeia"

    Poe writes "Ligeia".
  • Poe writes "The Fall of the House of Usher".

    Poe writes "The Fall of the House of Usher".
    "Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque", Poe's first volume of short stories, is published. He receives no money from the publisher.
  • Poe writes "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".

    Poe writes "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".
  • Virginia Experience Blood Loss, Same Disease That Killed His Mother.

    Virginia Poe breaks a blood-vessel while playing the piano
  • Poe wins a hundred dollar prize

    Poe wins a hundred dollar prize for "The Gold Bug".
  • Poe Moves Back To New York

    Poe moves back to New York City.
    Thousands were deceived by Poe's story, "The Balloon Hoax".
    Poe writes "The Purloined Letter".
  • Poe writes "The Raven".

    Poe writes "The Raven".
    Poe was working 14 hour days but still couldn't make a living.
  • Poe writes "The Philosophy of Composition".

    Poe writes "The Philosophy of Composition".
    Poe sues another paper for libel and wins. The suit is settled for $225.00.
  • Poe's wife, Virginia, dies from tuberculosis on January 30.

    Poe's wife, Virginia, dies from tuberculosis on January 30, same disease that killed his mother.
  • Poe writes "The Poetic Principle".

    Poe writes "The Poetic Principle".
  • Edgar Allan Poe dies on October 7, 1849.

    June 30 - Poe leaves NYC and visits John Sartain in Philadelphia.
    July 13 - Poe goes to Richmond and stays at the Swan Tavern Hotel.
    Poe joins the "Sons of Temperance" in an effort to stop drinking.
    Poe lectures on "The Poetic Principle".
    Sept 27 - Poe leaves Richmond and goes back to Philadelphia.
    Sept 30 - Poe apparently gets on the wrong train and goes to Baltimore.
    Oct 3 - Poe is found half conscious and is taken to a hospital.
    Edgar Allan Poe dies on October 7, 1849.