Orphaned after both parents died; raised in Richmond, VA by adoptive parents John and Frances Allan
Lived and studied in England
Published first book <i>Tamerlane and Other Poems</i> with the byline "by a Bostonian"
Wrote second collection of poetry titled <i>Al Aaraaf, Tamberlane, and Minor Poems</i>
Attended U.S. Military Academy at West Point; expelled a year later for neglect of duty
Moved in with aunt Maria Clemm and cousin Virginia in Baltimore, MD
Worked for Richmond magazine <i>Southern Literary Messenger</i> as in-house critic
Married cousin and literary muse Virginia who was reportedly 13 or 14 at the time
Published only complete novel of career <i>The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket</i>
Wrote <i>Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque</i>, a collection of stories including "The Fall of the House of Usher"
Published the Gothic short stories "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum"
Publication of poem "The Raven" turned him into a literary sensation; included in <i>The Raven and Other Poems</i>
Ran own magazine the <i>Broadway Journal</i>
Moved to a country cottage in Bronx, NY with ailing wife Virginia; later renamed "Poe Cottage"
Horror tale "The Cask of Amontillado" published in <i>Godey's Lady's Book</i>
Wrote the poems "Annabel Lee" and "The Bells" shortly before death; both works published posthumously