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Edgar Allan Poe
Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe
List of works
“The Angel of the Odd” (1844)
“The Man of the Crowd” (1845)
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841)
“The Tale-Tale Heart” (1850)
“The Oval Portrait” (1850)
Edgar Allen Poe is known to be one of the greatest writers and stands out with his writings of daunting and riveting Gothic and crime stories.
Born January 19, 1809- Boston
At 1 years old his parents get divorced
year later his mother dies and is adopted by the Allan family
"The Raven" (1845)
“A Dream Within A Dream” (1850)
“The Haunted Palace” (1839)
“The Imp of the Perverse” (1845)
“The Black Cat” (1843)
Other genres he had done for his works were science fictions, poetry, humor/comedy, and satire
"The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world."
“Lord, help my poor soul.”
“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
“I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.”
“[I]f you wish to forget anything upon the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”
Genre of writing
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
Some call Poe the father of detective stories
Poe was thought to be a drunk and had spent the rest of his impecunious days selling whatever he can to buy alcohol and perished on a gutter Oct 7 ,1849
Virginia - Edgar's Cousin and Wife
“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
“And now — have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses? — now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man’s heart.”
The black cat
The haunted palace
Poes best known fictional works are Gothic - he appealed to the peoples tastes during his time.
Many of Poe's works deal with questioning death, decomposition,premature burial , reanimating the dead and mouring.
Poe's work is usually associated with the romanticism ironically which Poe hated.
Poe believed that meaning in literature should be just beneath the surface , no need to dig to deep. Poe believed the quality should be brief and focus on a specific single event
Janet De La Cruz
Asia Ariana Chino
Group 4 - Period 4
Rufus Wilmot Griswold, an editor, and critic , had borne a grudge against Poe since 1842 and continued so after poes death. Griswold somehow became Poe's literary executor and attempted to destroy his enemy's reputation even after his death.
19th century American movement in reaction to transcendentalism . Finds man inherently sinful and self-destructive and nature a dark, mysterious force