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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

1800s
Alexander Hamilton founds the New York Evening Post, heralding a decade in which the number of U.S. newspapers roughly double, 1801.
With the Louisiana Purchase, Thomas Jefferson's administration buys from France all or part of what will become fifteen states, 1803.
Edgar Poe born in Boston, January 19, 1809.
Abraham Lincoln born less than a month later, on February 12, 1809.

1810s
Abandoned by her husband, Poe's mother dies, 1811.
Napoleon's France is defeated at Waterloo, 1815.
Jefferson founds the University of Virginia, 1819.
Poe lives with the family of his guardian, John Allan, in Great Britain, 1815-1820.

1820s
The Erie Canal is completed, opening the Great Lakes to seagoing Atlantic commerce for the first time, 1825.
American Temperance Society founded, 1826.
Poe publishes his first volume of poetry and joins the Army, 1827.

1830s
Poe marries his cousin, Virginia Clemm, 1836.
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 starting in 1837.
Poe's only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, published, 1838.

1840s
Poe finds success but not solvency with "The Raven," 1845.
Virginia dies from complications of tuberculosis, leaving Poe even more desolate, 1847.
Poe dies under mysterious circumstances in Baltimore on October 7, 1849.

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