The Work of Edgar Allan Poe

The Father of Detective Mystery

By: Regan McKay

Edgar Allan's first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems was published in 1827 by Calvin S. F. Thomas. It was made in Boston, nearly anonymous with the author noted as "a Bostonian".   

Poe's second book was published in Baltimore, 1829. The book was called Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Other Poems, and was published by Hatch and Dunning. The book was hated by most because of it's structure and confusing points.

In 1831 Poe's third book, Poems, was published. It was published in New york by Elam Bliss, and was sold for about seventy-five cents.

Also in 1831, Poe submitted many of his stories into a contest, but did not get first place. He did get about five of his books published through there without his name.

In 1835 Poe becomes the editor to Thomas W. White (he didn't want to grant Poe the title of editor, but was willing to let him do the work). While working there Poe prints some of his own work, along with pieces from earlier writers. He leaves the job a year after he marries in 1837.

In 1839 Poe Publishes yet another book. It was called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym published by the Harper & Brothers. This was the only complete novel written by Poe. He wrote this book with his knowledge and encounters at sea.

Poe's The Chronchologisis First Book was published in 1839 by Barrington and Haswell in Philadelphia. Poe had made three additions to the book by 1845, making it his only commercial book.

In 1839 Poe started working for "The Gentleman's Magazine" ran by William Evan Burton. He was a highly critical editor, constantly making corrections to the work.

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is published in 1840 by Lea and Blanchard. It was a gruesome horror story, full of disturbing intellectual ideas and thoughts. Lea and Blanchard did not want to pay Poe for his book, so instead gave out twenty free copies... Don't really know how that worked.

In 1841 Poe publishes Murders in the Rue Morgue in the Graham's Magazine. The novel was the first ever modern detective story. The Graham's Magazine increased it's subscribers by about 32,000 just by putting Poe's work in there, which is to this day still a record for any newspaper or magazine.

In 1843 Poe's moderately successful book The Gold Bug is printed in the Dollar Newspaper.  It gets national attention, and even has a theatrical production based off of it.

In 1845 Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem "The Raven" was published in the New York newspaper. The Poem had became famous widely, and adored by all critics. Many different printers and writers tried to take the work of Poe, claiming they had written it themselves. The poem is still admired to this day, and looked upon as a masterpiece.

After "The Raven" Poe did not have many other pieces that had been published. There was Tales and The Raven and Other Poems, but other than that Poe's writing really died down. Poe is still looked upon today as the father of many literary genres, especially detective fiction.