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Edgar Allan Poe
Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe
Who is Edgar Allan Poe?
Born January 19, 1809, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. American short-story writer, poet, critic, and editor Edgar Allan Poe's tales of mystery and *macabre has made him a recognized and popular figure in Gothic writing. His "The Raven" (1845) numbers among the best-known poems in national literature.
What's his story?
Edgar Allan Poe: The Writer
He is famous for his Gothic stories which focus on the questions of death, including its physical signs, the effects of decomposition, concerns of premature burial, the reanimation of the dead, and mourning. Some of his most popular stories are:
"The Cask of Amontillado"
"The Fall of the House of Usher"
"The Masque of Red Death"
"The Tell-Tale Heart"
Edgar Allan Poe: The Poet
While His Gothic writing has inspired many, it was his poetry that has made him well known. Following a rhyming format his poetry focused on a variety of dark themes, the most popular one being the death of young and beautiful women. Some of his best works are:
"The Haunted Palace"
"The Conqueror Worm"
Edgar Allan Poe: Legacy
Edgar Allan Poe is a Gothic writer whose own influence on literature and culture has been endless. He is traditionally credited with almost single-handedly inventing the genres of fantasy, science fiction and mystery.
Not Just a Gothic Writer
Poe has also been credited as being a critic and a detective writer. In fact his character, C. Auguste Dupin was the first fictional detective and even inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create the more famous super slueth, Sherlock Holmes.
Edgar's Lost "Lenore"
Scholars believe that Poe's source of inspiration for lost love might have come from two women. In his youth his fiancée Elmira Royster had become engaged to someone else. Then there was his cousin Virginia Clem whom he loved very much. She died at an early age during their marriage and it affected him deeply.
The Guardian.com "Matthew Pearl's top 10 books inspired by Edgar Allan Poe"
ma•ca•bre (m -kä br , m -käb , -kä b r)
1. Suggesting the horror of death and decay; gruesome: macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle Ages. See Synonyms at ghastly.
2. Constituting or including a representation of death.