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Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts
Poe's mom, Elizabeth Poe, died of tuberculosis.
Poe is taken in by John and Frances Allan.
He attended school in London and suburban Stoke-Newington.
Poe continued schooling in Richmond and began to show aptitude for Latin, poetry, acting, and swimming
He was secretly engaged to Sarah Elmira.
He published The Raven in the New York Evening Mirror.
Edgar's mother, Elizabeth dies.
Poe enrolls in schools in London.
Poe returns to Richmond, Virginia.
Poe pens his first known poem: "Last night, with many cares & toils oppres'd,/ Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest."
Poe attended the University of Virginia
After running up a $2,000 gambling debt while at college, Poe got into an argument with John Allan, his foster father. Poe wanted john Allan to give him money, but he refused. Poe left the Allans and school to live in Baltimore with some relatives..
Poe enlists in the U.S. Army under the name "Edgar A. Perry." Shortly after, his first book—a poetry collection entitled Tamerlane and Other Poems—is published. The author is listed only as "A Bostonian."
Frances Allan, Poe's foster mother, died. He was still close with her.
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.
Poe successfully attempts to get himself kicked out of West Point. When he stops going to classes and chapel, Poe is court-martialed and dismissed. He publishes several anonymous short stories plus another book of poems.
Edgar's older brother Henry dies of tuberculosis at the age of 27
Poe takes a job as editor of the Southern Literary Messenger magazine. He publishes critical reviews of other writers' work as well as his own stories and poems.
Poe marries his thirteen-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm, at a ceremony in Richmond, Virginia when he 27 years old.
Poe moves his new wife and mother-in-law to New York and then to Philadelphia.
Poe's first novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, is published.
Poe is hired as an editor at Burton's Gentleman's Magazine, a job he holds until June 1840.
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."
While singing at the piano, Virginia begins to bleed from her mouth, a symptom of untreated tuberculosis. Her illness grows progressively worse.
Poe publishes The Raven
Poe publishes the Raven
Poe begins delivering lectures on poetry.
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.
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.
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