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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

American author, poet, editor and literary critic

Edgar Allan Poe (/poʊ/; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States, and of American literature. Poe was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story, and considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre, as well as a significant contributor to the emerging genre of science fiction.[1] Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.[2]


October 7, 1849
Edgar Allan Poe dies
August 1849
Edgar Allan Poe Becomes Engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster
November 1848
Edgar Allan Poe Proposes to Poet Sarah Whitman but Engagement is Called Off
January 30, 1847
Virginia Clemm Poe Dies
January 29, 1845
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is published
November 1844
"Thou Art The Man" Is Published
April 1844
Edgar Allan Poe Moves to New York and Works for the New York Evening Mirror
April 1841
Edgar Allan Poe Becomes the Editor at Graham's Magazine
July 1839
Edgar Allan Poe Becomes Assistant Editor of Burton's Gentleman's Magazine
"Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque" Edgar Allan Poe's first volume of short stories is published


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By Stacy Liberatore For
February 24, 2020
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A study analyzed Edgar Allen Poe's work to determine if he committed suicide. They found the psychological markers of depression in his writing at the end of his life were not consistent with suicide.
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