Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was an American author remembered for his work in the Gothic genre, including short stories such as "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher, as well as poems including "The Raven," and "Annabel Lee." Poe is also credited with creating the detective fiction genre, with his stories featuring the character C. Auguste Dupin (the first of which is "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"). While Poe mainly wrote sensational dark thrillers for mass consumption, publishing in newspapers and periodicals, he also composed articles of serious literary criticism, explaining his style in such essays as "The Poetic Principle," and "The Philosophy of Composition." His work as an editor for the Southern Literary Messenger and other literary magazines showed him to be a reader of discernment, not easily pleased. Poe suffered from alcoholism, as well as a number of personal tragedies, including the premature death of his young wife. Poe died under mysterious circumstances in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of 40.

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