Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most significant and enduring figures of the literary scene in 19th-century America. He was one of the first American authors to attempt to make a living solely by writing, with mixed success, and he was a pioneering influence in the development of a number of modern genres, including horror, fantasy, science fiction and detective fiction. Although he is best known for the Gothic-inspired atmospheres and the darkness that permeated his work, he was also a profoundly rational, methodical writer, who eschewed the tradition of populating fantastic fiction with supernatural creatures in favour of a more psychological brand of horror. This innovative style has been an inspiration for countless writers, poets and artists, cementing Poe’s legacy as a key figure in literary history.
In this book, you will learn about:
• Poe’s most famous works, including The Fall of the House of Usher and The Murders in the Rue Morgue
• The literary movements and earlier writers who influenced his work and ideas
• His personal life, including the misfortune that plagued him and inspired some of his best-known works
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