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Significant Dates

1803 - Ralph Waldo Emerson born in Boston, Massachusetts
1809 - Edgar Poe is born in Boston, Masschusetts
1809 - Edgar Poe is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan
1811 - Harriet Beecher is born in Litchfield, Connecticut
1819 - Walt Whitman is born in Long Island, New York
1827 - Edgar Allan Poe prints "Tamerlane and other Poems"
1832 - Harriet Beecher and her family move to Cincinnati and become involved with the anti-slavery movement
1835 - Samuel Clemens born in Florida, Missouri
1836 - Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Ellis Stowe
1836 - Principles of transcendentalism introduced in Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature
1837 - Ralph Waldo Emerson gives "The American Scholar" address at Harvard
1838 - Ralph Waldo Emerson criticizes formal religion and encourages personal spiritual exploration in his "Divinity School Address"
1839 - Samuel Clemens moves to Hannibal, Missouri
1839 - Edgar Allan Poe publishes The Fall of the House of Usher
1841 - Edgar Allan Poe publishes The Murders in the Rue Morgue
1841 - Ralph Waldo Emerson's first series of Essays, including "Self-Reliance" is published
1842 - Ambrose Bierce born in Horse Cave, Ohio
1842 - Ralph Waldo Emerson takes over editorship of the transcendentalist magazine The Dial
1843 - Edgar Allan Poe publishes The Pit and the Pendulum
1844 - Ralph Waldo Emerson delivers the first of many lectures against slavery
1845 - Edgar Allan Poe publishes The Raven and Other Poems
1846 - Walt Whitman becomes editor the Daily Eagle
1847 - Ralph Waldo Emerson publishes his first collection of poems in The Dial
1848 - Walt Whitman's association with the Daily Eagle ends; relocates to New Orleans with his brother to briefly edit the Daily Crescent before returning to Brooklyn where he sets up the Freeman, a "free-soil" newspaper
1849 - Edgar Allan Poe dies in Baltimore, Maryland
1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes the antislavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin
1855 - First edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass is published
1865 - Samuel Clemens establishes his Mark Twain persona with the incrediby successful The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
1866 - Walt Whitman publishes Drum-Taps
1873 - Ambrose Bierce publishes The Fiend's Delight, Nuggets and Dust, and Cobwebs from an Empty Skull while living in England
1876 - Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
1876 - John Griffith "Jack" London born in San Francisco, California
1878 - Upton Sinclair is born in Baltimore, Maryland
1880 - Ambrose Bierce returns to San Francisco and begins work on The Devil's Dictionary
1882 - Ralph Waldo Emerson dies in Concord, Massachusetts
1883 - Mark Twain's autobiographical Life on the Mississippi published
1884 - Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1891 - Ambrose Bierce publishes Tales of Soldiers and Civilians
1892 - Walt Whitman dies in Camden, New Jersey; Ninth edition of the expanded Leaves of Grass is published
1896 - Harriet Beecher Stowe dies in Hartford, Connecticut
1900 - Jack London's first short story collection, The Son of the Wolf, is published
1903 - Jack London publishes The Call of the Wild
1906 - Upton Sinclair publishes The Jungle
1908 - Jack London publishes The Iron Heel
1910 - Samuel Clemens dies at "Stormfield" in Redding, Connecticut
1913 - Ambrose Bierce ventures into Mexico and is never heard from again
1916 - Jack London dies in Glen Ellen, California
1968 - Upton Sinclair dies in Bound Book, New Jersey

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