Poe, Edgar Allan

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Born: Jan 19, 1809 AD
Died: 1849 AD, at 40 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Critics, Poets, Writers


1809 - Born on January 19th in Boston, Massachusetts. A poet and short fiction writer and father of modern detective story.

1812-1813 - He was brought to John Allan's home where he was baptized.

1815-1820 - Entered Grammar School in Irvine, Scotland then lived in England for five years.

1817 - Entered a boarding school in Chelsea.

         - Got into Reverend John Bransby’s Manor House School at Stoke Newin.

1826 - Studied at the University of Virginia.

1827 - Got into the army as he needed financial support after getting himself in debt due to gambling.

         - Published his first book called "Tamerlane" with verses influenced by Byron.

1829 - He was discharged from the army.

         - His second book, "Al Aaraaf Tamerlane and Minor Poems", was published.

1831 - Published "Poems by Edgar A. Poe, Second Edition".

1832 - Got his five stories published by the Philadelphia Saturday Courier.

1833 - Won $50 for his work "The Manuscript Found in a Bottle" from the Baltimore Saturday Visitor for best story.

1835 - He became the assistant editor of the "Southern Literary Messenger".

         - Married his cousin, Virginia Clemm who was just 13 years old at that time.

1837 - Announced that he was ending his career as editor in the January issue of the Messenger.

         - Published a prose tale entitled "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym".

1838 - Came up with his literary theory that highly musical poems and short prose narratives should aim at "a certain unique or single effect", an example of which is seen in "Ligeria".

1839 - Published the famous story, "The Fall Of The House Of Usher".

1841 - Wrote a detective story entitled, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".

1843 - He wrote, "The Gold Bug" & "The Tell-Tale Heart".

1845 - He published the verse, "The Raven".

1847 - His wife, Virginia, died in January.

1849 - Wrote another verse, "The Bells".

         - Revisited Richmond and gave out lectures.

1849 - Died in Baltimore, Maryland. His friend, Dr. E. Snodgrass, found him on the streets of Baltimore calling for help and was taken to Washington College Hospital.
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