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Born in England to John and Joan White
Her family sailed to Salem
Married Joseph Rowlandson
Son Joseph is born
Daughter Mary is born.
Daughter Sarah is born.
Captive due to King Philip's War.
Husband, Joseph Rowlandson dies.
Remarries to Captain Samuel Talcott.
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Born at Mount Pleasant to Pierre Freneau and Agnes Watson as the oldest of five.
Went to school and studied under Reverend William Tennent of Tennent's Church. Thought that his first poem was written during his time here
Studied under Reverend Alexander Mitchell.
Admitted to Nassau Hall at Princeton College
Invited to Jamaica by planter Hanson learned the art of navigation and took well to it and became a ship master. He stayed in Jamaica for a while and spent time sailing between Carib and Delaware Bay.
Imprisioned by the British army for 18 months
Published "The Poems of Philip Freneau." He became master of the brig "Washington"
Published "A Journey from Philadelphia to New York."
Published "The Miscellaneous Works of Mr. Phillip Freneau."
Editor of the National Gazette which was considered a "powerful political paper."
Married Helen Forman.
Published "Poems Written Between the Years 1768 & 1794."
Partnered with his brother Pierre and bought the brig "Washington" and sailed the Atlantic again.
Published "Poems Written and Published During the American Revolutionary War."
Published "A Collection of Poems Chiefly on American Affairs."
Mount Pleasant burned for a second time, taking many of Freneau's unpublished works down with it. After the fire Freneau lost his motivation to write.
Died walking home during a snowstorm. The fell, broke his hip and froze to death.
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Born to William Irving, Sr. and Sarah as one of eleven siblings. He was named after George Washington.
Attended the inauguration of President George Washington.
Traveled in France and Italy.
Passed Law School
Irving and his brother, James Kirke Paulding, wrote the Salamagundi Papers.
First widely known work under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker.
Moved to England to work for his brother's business.
He published a collection of short stories and essays under the name of Geoffrey Crayon including "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow."
Moved to continental Europe and lived in Germany and France
Moved to Spain and became and attache at the U.S. Embassy.
He was the secretary of the US legislation in London
Returned to Spain as the US Ambassador.
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Born to William and Elizabeth as the eleventh of twelve children.
Attended Yale College but was expelled after blowing up another student's door as a prank.
Became a sailor and eventually a midshipman in the Navy.
Married Susan Augusta De Lancey.
Cooper wrote this book on a bet from his wife that he could not write something better than the book she was reading.
After moving to New York to pursue a career in writing he wrote "The Pioneers" introducing the first American novel and hero Natty Bumppo.
He sailed to Europe where he wrote the works "The Prairie" and "Notions of the Americans." He eventually moved back to America.
Even after facing a scandal, he continued to write including three more "Leatherstocking Tales" and works about the Navy.
Born in Salem, MA to Nathanial Hathorne and Elizabeth Clark Manning Hathorne. The actions of his great-grandfather haunted him for most of his life. He even changed his name from Hathorne to Hawthorne in efforts to separate himself from his past.
Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College where the curriculum focused on the classics and religion.
Married Sophia Peabody
First daughter Una is born.
Son Julian is born.
After moving back to Salem, Hawthorne was offered a position as Surveyor of the Port, but eventually lost that job due to a shift in political administrations.
Hawthorne moved to Lenox, MA after the death of his mother claiming that he no long had a reason to live in Salem.
After meeting Melville, the Hawthorne's lived in Boston and Concord.
Daughter Rose is born.
Hawthorne moved to Liverpool, England where he was appointed Consul by President Franklin Pierce.
After his appointment as Consul ended Hawthorne and his family moved to France and eventually to Italy where they spent time in Rome and Florence.
Moved to England where his work "The Marble Faun" was published.
He died in his sleep and is buried in Sleepy Hallow Cemetery at what is now known as Author's Ridge.
Info from http://www.poemuseum.org/life.php
Born to two traveling actors who died soon after his birth, he never really knew his parents and so was raised by John and Frances Allen.
Poe went to the University of Virginia, but without the appropriate amount of funds, Poe turned to gambling to raise money, but only ended up in debt.
Married his 14-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm.
Moved to Philadelphia and wrote for magazines.
Moved to New York and got the city's attention with a hoax article about a balloon trip.
His wife died of tuberculous.
After being found in a bar and taken to a hospital, Poe died far from home and surrounded by strangers.
Born in St. Louis to Eliza and Thomas O'Flaherty.
At 5 1/2 she attended The Sacred Heart Academy catholic boarding school for girls. Two months later, her father died in a train accident.
Marries Oscar Chopin and together they had 5 boys and 2 girls.
Oscar died of swamp fever.
Moved back to St. Louis after the death of her husband to live with her mother.
Her first book "At Fault" was published.
After her last book was published and poorly received she only wrote a few more short stories before her death.
Born to Warren Wilkins and Eleanor Lothrop Wilkins.
Fell in love with Hanson Tyler, who did not return her feelings
After the death of her sister Anna and her family's ever falling monetary status, the family moved into Hanson Tyler's parent's home with the understanding that her mother would work as a maid and her father would do lawn work.
After the death of her mother, Freeman and her father were forced to leave the Tyler house. She now had to support her and her father which was only made possible the her first paid publishing success with "The Beggar King"
Won $50 for her first story for adults "The Shadow Family."
Married Dr. Charles Freeman.
Freeman got a legal separation from Charles.
Freeman won the William Dean Howells Medal for distinction in fiction.
Died of heart failure.
Born Edith Newbold Jones to Lucretia Rhinelander Jones and George Frederic Jones,
Her family move to Europe and spent time in Italy, Spain, France, and Germany
Studies French, German, and other topics from home.
Marries Edward (Teddy) Wharton.
Wharton is the first women to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel.
Teddy Wharton dies.
Wharton suffers from a heart attack, is hospitalized, and later has a stroke, a few days later she died.
Born to an aristocratic Virginia family.
Published her first book, "The Descendant" at age 24.
Published her book "The Deliverance"
Published her book "Virginia"
Published her book "Life and Gabriella"
Published her book "Barren Ground"
Published her book "The Romantic Comedians"
Published her book "The Stooped to Folly"
Published her book "The Sheltered Life"
Published her book "In this Our Life" which she won the Pulitzer Prize for.
She died in her sleep due to a history of heart disease.
Born Callie Russell Porter to Harrison and Alice Porter.
Married to John Henry Koontz.
Her time spent in Mexico gave her the inspiration for "Maria Conception" and "Flowering Judas"
Married to Ernest Stock but separates soon after.
Marries Albert Erskine, but he divorced her when he found out that she was twenty years older than him.
Married to Eugene Pressley.
She became the first Chair of Poetry at the Library of Congress
Porter taught at Stanford and the University of Michigan.
Born Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald to Edward Fitzgerald and Mary McQuillan.
Attended Newman School, a Catholic preparatory school where he met Father Sigourney Fay who encouraged him to consider a future in writing.
Studied writing at Princeton until he dropped out to join the army.
Marries Zelda Sayre.
Only daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald is born.
Moved and lived in France where he wrote "The Great Gatsby"
Writes his most well known book "The Great Gatsby"
Died of a heart attack.
Born to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck.
Attended Stanford University to please his parents, but dropped out without a degree.
Wrote his best know novel the "Grapes of Wrath"
Won the Pulitzer Prize for the "Grapes of Wrath"
Won a Nobel Prize for Literature.
Died of heart disease.
Born to Owen and Anna Campbell Jarrell.
Attended Hume-Fogg High School.
Attended Vanderbilt University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Art.
Married Mackie Langham.
Published first book of poetry "Blood for a Stranger"
Taught at the Women's College of the University of North Carolina.
Married Mary von Schrader
Publishes his only novel "Pictures from an Institution"
Jarrell becomes a Poetry Consultant and the Library of Congress.
He was hit by an automobile and died on site.
Director of Strategy for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Director of the Florida Office of Drug Control.
Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections.
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Attended Macalester College and graduated with a BA in Political Science.
Served in the 3rd Platoon, A Corp, 5th Battalion 46th Infantry, as an infantry foot soldier.
Spend some time at Harvard but left without a degree.
He is currently working as a visiting professor at Southwest Texas State University where he teaches the Creative Writing Program.
Tan's family moved to Europe after the death of her father and older brother. She went to high school in Montreux, Switzerland.
Attended Linfield College, San Jose City College, San Jose State University, University of California at Santa Cruz, and University of California at Berkeley.
Her first book the "Joy Luck Club" is published and is the longest running New York Times Bestseller for that year. It has also won the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
Some time around the 1990's Tan married Louis DeMattei.