Chronological List of Poe’s Tales



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This chronological index of Poe’s tales assigns entries based on the earliest date that can be established. As this date is often the date of publication, the sequence given does not necessarily reflect the order in which the tales were actually written, and a chronology of this sort is inherently conjectural. Poe revised several of his tales many times, and most of these revisions are not reflected here. Where at least one text is known, an appropriate link is provided. In printing revised versions, Poe changed the titles of several tales, which poses a bit of a challenge when listing titles. In the present list, the earliest title is given, with subsequent titles noted parenthetically. Titles given in square brackets have generally been assigned to the few tales that were written without a title, or at least were given a title by someone other than Poe himself.


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~~ 1826 ~~

  • “[Gaffy]” (based on a recollection)

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~~ 1831 ~~

  • A Decided Loss” (and Loss of Breath) (written by Dec. 1, 1831 - published Nov. 10, 1832)
  • Bon-Bon” (and The Bargain Lost) (written by Dec. 1, 1831 - published Dec. 1, 1832)
  • The Duc De L'Omelette” (written by Dec. 1, 1831 - published March 3, 1832)
  • Metzengerstein” (written by Dec. 1, 1831 - published Jan. 14, 1832)"
  • A Tale of Jerusalem” (written by Dec. 1, 1831 - published June 9, 1832)

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~~ 1832 ~~

  • The Visionary” (first published January 1834) (later The Assignation)
  • Siope” (Silence)
  • MS. Found in a Bottle” (first published October 19, 1833)
  • Epimanes” (later Four Beasts in One) (written by May 4, 1833 - published March 1836)
  • Berenice” (first published - March 1835)
  • King Pest” (published September 1835)

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~~ 1835 ~~


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~~ 1837 ~~


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~~ 1838 ~~


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~~ 1839 ~~


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~~ 1840 ~~


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~~ 1841 ~~


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~~ 1842 ~~


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~~ 1843 ~~


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~~ 1844 ~~


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~~ 1845 ~~


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~~ 1846 ~~


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~~ 1847 ~~

  • Mellonta Tauta” (Offered to Godey on Jan. 17, 1848 - first published February 1849)

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~~ 1849 ~~


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