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The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

I would give the world to embody one half the ideas afloat in my imagination.


The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

  1. 1800s
    • 1801: Alexander Hamilton founds the New York Evening Post, heralding a decade in which the number of U.S. newspapers roughly double.
    • 1803: With the Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson's administration buys from France all or part of what will become fifteen states.
    • 1809: Edgar Poe born in Boston, January 19.
    • 1809: Abraham Lincoln born less than a month later, on February 12.
  2. 1810s
    • 1811: Abandoned by her husband, Poe's mother dies.
    • 1815: Napoleon's France is defeated at Waterloo.
    • 1815–1820: Poe lives with the family of his guardian, John Allan, in Great Britain.
    • 1819: Jefferson founds the University of Virginia.
  3. 1820s
    • 1825: The Erie Canal is completed, opening the Great Lakes to seagoing Atlantic commerce for the first time.
    • 1826: American Temperance Society founded.
    • 1827: Poe publishes his first volume of poetry and joins the Army.
  4. 1830s
    • 1836: Poe marries his cousin, Virginia Clemm.
    • 1837: A tightening of foreign credit, which had helped finance American projects including the Erie Canal, creates a financial panic and leads to a five-year depression.
    • 1838: Poe's only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, is published.
  5. 1840s
    • 1845: Poe finds success but not solvency with "The Raven."
    • 1847: Virginia dies from complications of tuberculosis, leaving Poe even more desolate.
    • 1849: Poe dies under mysterious circumstances in Baltimore on October 7.
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