Edgar Allan Poe
in his time
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Poe's maternal grandparents, Henry Arnold and Elizabeth Smith,
both actors at the Covent Garden Theatre (London), marry in June.
In springtime their daughter Elizabeth Arnold (Poe's mother-to-be) is born in London.
Apparently, Henry Arnold dies (his name is on the play bills no more).
Elizabeth Arnold (Henry's widow) has continued to play at the
Covent Garden Theatre, but in November she leaves London for
the United States, with her daughter.
January 3: Mother and daughter arrive in Boston on board the ship
On January 19 Edgar Poe is born in
Boston. At the time his
parents are playing at the Federal State Theater.
December 8: Poe's mother Elizabeth dies. From now Poe on
stays at the Allan family (John and Francis Allan).
July 28: arrival in Britain with the Allan family.
Poe attending school at Manour House, Stoke-Newington, near London.
July 21: back in New York. On August 2: the Allans and Poe
stay with Charles Ellis (Allan's partner).
The Allans including Poe, move to Fifth Street.
Poe attends Clarke School (until December 1822).
Poe attends William Burke's School.
June 28: the Allans purchase a house (Fifth and Main Street).
February 14: Poe enters University of
December 15: Poe leaves University of Virginia.
Poe and John Allan have a serious row.
March 24: Poe leaves Richmond for Boston.
April 7: arrival in Boston.
May 26: Poe enlists in the US Army, under the name Edgar A. Perry. He is sent to Fort Independence (Boston Harbour).
Tamerlane and other Poems (anonymously: "by a Bostonian") published.
November 8-18: Poe on his way to Fort Moultrie, Charleston, SC.
December 11-15: Poe on his way to Fortress Monroe, VA.
January 1: Poe obtains rank of
February 29: Francis Allan
April 15: voluntary retirement
from the army. Poe goes to Washington.
Autumn: Poe stays with his aunt Mrs. Maria Clemm and her daughter
December, Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane
and Minor Poems is published in Baltimore.
June: Poe at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.
February 19: Poe leaves West
In April the second Edition of Poems by Edgar A. Poe
is published in New York.
During the summer Poe stays again with the Clemms in Baltimore.
Five tales published by The Philadelphia Saturday Courier.
October 12: Poe wins the first prize in a competition in The
Baltimore Saturday Visitor with MS. Found in a Bottle.
March 27: John Allan dies, leaving nothing to Poe.
Four tales published by
The Southern Literary Messenger.
August: Poe leaves Baltimore for Richmond to become an Aassistant
editor of The Southern Literary Messenger.
October 3: Mrs. Clemm and her daughter Virginia come to Richmond.
May 16: Poe and Virginia (< 14) marry.
January 3: Poe leaves the
February: He goes to New York (living
first at Sixth Avenue and Beverly Place, then at 113 Carmine Street).
July: The Narrative of
Arthur Gordon Pym published in New
Summer: Poe moves to Philadelphia.
The Conchologist's First
Book published in Philadelphia.
June: Poe becomes assistant editor of Burton's Gentleman's Magazine.
Tales from the Grotesque and Arabesque published in Philadelphia.
Poe leaves Burton.
April: Poe becomes editor of
July: unsuccessful attempt of Poe's to become a clerk in the
Treasury Department in Washington.
January: Virginia breaks a
blood vessel while singing.
May: Poe leaves Graham's Magazine.
The Prose Romances of Edgar A. Poe published in Philadelphia.
April 7: Poe moves to New York.
January 29: The
Raven published by the Evening Mirror (New
York), of which Poe is assistant editor.
8: Poe becomes one of the editors of The Broadway
May: Poe moves to 195 East
Boradway, New York.
October 24: He obtains the
post of proprietor of The Broadway Journal.
November: The Raven and Other Poems
published in New York.
Winter: removal to 85
Amity Street, New York.
January 3: The Broadway
Journal doesn't exist anymore.
May: removal to a cottage in Fordham.
January 30: Virginia dies.
February 3: Poe reads
Eureka at New York Society Library.
June: Eureka published in New York.
Poe proposes a book titled Literary America.
June 10: Poe lectures at Lowell, MA, where he meets Mrs. Nancy Locke
Heywood Richmod ("Annie").
July 17: Poe goes to Richmond. VA.
September 21: Poe travels to Providence, RI, to meet Mrs. Sarah
Helen Whitman to whom he makes a proposal of marriage.
November: another journey to Providence for the same reason,
then proceeds to Boston where he tries to commit
December 20: Poe lectures in
December 22: a marriage agreement is drawn up, the wedding is to take
place a few days later, but the engagement is broken off.
Spring: Poe attempts to get the support of E. H. N. Patterson
of Oquawka to start a new magazine.
June 30: Poe goes to Richmond.
July: He arrives at John
Sartain's home in Philadelphia in a state
July 13: He goes to Richmond and meets Sarah Elmira Royster,
whom he hopes to marry.
August 17: He gives a lecture
in Richmond on The Poetic Principle.
September: Poe gives the same
lecture again, in Norfolk and Richmond.
September 27: Poe goes to New
October 3: Poe is discovered unconscious in Baltimore and taken
to Washington College Hospital.
October 7: Poe dies at 5 am.
March 7, 2007 by hb.