Timeline of Life
Edgar Allan Poe is known for his contribution to gothic literature. He is often credited as theinventor of the modern detective story, inspiring stories such as Sherlock Holmes. Heparticularly focuses on the psychological elements of his characters. His stories were writtenduring the Victorian period. His life was filled with tragedy, including death and poverty.
- Born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Parents separate, stays with mother
Mother dies. Adopted by Mr and Mrs John Allan
Napoleon defeated at Waterloo. Poe goes to school in England
Poe continues schooling in USA
Poe attends the Academy of William Burke. He succeeds in athletics.
John Allan inherits a fortune from his uncle
Poe attends the University of Virginia
Drops out of school because John Allan won’t give him any money. His first collection
of poems is published. Joins the US Army and does well.
Mrs Allan dies and Poe returns home. Temporary reconciliation with John Allan. MrAllan sponsors him to study at West Point
Get deliberately kicked out of West Point
Submits stories to many magazines, but all are rejected.
John Allan dies, leaving nothing to Poe
Poe wins a competition for “The Manuscript Found in a Bottle” and gets a job
Marries his cousin Virginia, who is 13 years old
The Fall of the House of Usher
is published. Al
so publishes “Tales of the Grotesque
and Arabesque” but receives no money from the publisher.
Wins a $100 prize for “The Golden Bug”
The Black Cat
is published. Poe cannot make a living. Publishes “The Raven”
The Cask of Amontillado
is published. Sues a paper for libel and wins $225
Wife dies of tuberculosis
Tries to stop drinking problem. Dies on
The Tell-Tale Heart