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Edgar Allan Poe - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of poet Edgar Allan Poe; nineteenth century American Literature and poetry
Edgar Allan Poe   (1809 - 1849)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  January 19, 1809
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 
Died:  October 7, 1849
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
 
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Agatha Christie, Charles Baudelaire, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Saturday Evening Post
 
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Edgar Allan Poe - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/1/1841     Poe and the "Rue Morgue"
On this day in 1841, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was published. It is generally considered to be the first detective story (called "a tale of ratiocination" by Poe) and the origin of many of the genre's prototypes: the 'locked-room' crime, the sidekick-narrator, the gentleman-amateur detective from whom no orangutan can hope to escape.
10/7/1849     Never Before, 'Nevermore' Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe belonged to the first, struggling generation of professional writers in America. Ralph Waldo Emerson had his private wealth, Nathaniel Hawthorne had his job at the Customs House, and Louisa May Alcott had her best seller, but these were rare comforts. In any case, they were not for one as dramatic, driven and self-doomed as Poe. . . .
10/9/1849     Poe, Nabokov, "Annabel Lee"
On this day in 1849 Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee" was published, just two days after his death: "It was many and many a year ago, / In a kingdom by the sea, / That a maiden there lived whom you may know / By the name of Annabel Lee. . . ." Many and many a year after that, Nabokov would take "Kingdom by the Sea" as his first title for Lolita and make Annabel Leigh his first nymphet.
11/29/1811     Edgar More Poe Than Allan
On this day in 1811, a notice appeared in the Richmond, Virginia Inquirer asking for donations in aid of Eliza Poe, a young actress now "lingering on the bed of disease and surrounded by her children." Though two-year-old Edgar would be rescued by the Allan family, the life of poverty, abandonment and hand-outs so familiar to his mother would eventually return to stay.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales
by Edgar Allan Poe, Patrick F. Quinn (Editor)
poetry, fiction
 
The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe
Letters
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography
by Arthur Hobson Quinn
biography
 
Studies in Classic American Literature
by D. H. Lawrence
criticism
 
The Diary of Anais Nin
by Anais Nin
memoirs
 
The Illustrated Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
by Dawn B. Sova
poetry, illustrations
 
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A Poe Webliography
A critical guide to electronic resources for Poe research on the internet and CD-ROM, including electronic and HTML-encoded texts, secondary works, commentaries, and indexes.
Academy of American Poets
Find a biography, poetry, and links. Selected poems include "Annabel Lee," "The Bells," A Dream Within a Dream," "Eldorado," "The Heresy of the Didactic," "Lenore," "The Raven," and "To Helen." A good starting point.

"Poe's work as an editor, a poet, and a critic had a profound impact on American and international literature. His stories mark him as one of the originators of both horror and detective fiction. Many anthologies credit him as the 'architect' of the modern short story. He was also one of the first critics to focus primarily on the effect of the style and of the structure in a literary work; as such, he has been seen as a forerunner to the art for art's sake movement. French Symbolists such as Mallarmé and Rimbaud claimed him as a literary precursor. Baudelaire spent nearly fourteen years translating Poe into French. Today, Poe is remembered as one of the first American writers to become a major figure in world literature."
Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection
An educational website for fans of mystery and detection stories offers information and commentary on selected stories, and an explanation their place within the genre. Explores the author's influence on Jules Verne, H. P. Lovecraft and others. Includes a brief study of "Murders in the Rue Morgue."

"Edgar Allan Poe's mystery and science fiction are underacknowledged by realist literary critics. Poe was a pioneer in both genres, and together they constitute, in bulk, half of his short tales. However, the favorite Poe works among realists include 'Ligeia', 'The Fall of the House of Usher', and 'William Wilson'. These are the Poe works that are closest to conventional realistic fiction: there is an emphasis in these works on psychological portraiture, and the study of human relationships. This is quite common, to emphasize those works in an author's canon that correspond to the conventions of conventional literary thought, and ignore the rest. There is no mystery in these works, and the fantasy, where it exists, is strictly supernatural, with no scientific overtones."
Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database (New York University)
Offers synopses and commentary from a medical perspective on poems and short stories. Themes include death and dying, euthanasia, freedom, individuality, mental illness, obsession, pain, rebellion, and science. Works examined include "The Imp of the Perverse" and "The Masque of the Red Death."
Neurotic Poets - Edgar Allan Poe
A biography that examines Poe's troubled life -- his alcoholism, abuse of laudanum and opium, his struggle to establish a professional career and magazine (The Penn Magazine, which would later be renamed The Stylus), and the downward spiral which lead to his death in 1849.

"Although Poe had earned recognition in literary circles, nothing before had brought him as much fame as the publication of his poem 'The Raven' in 1845. The poem became a national sensation within a few weeks, and was reprinted in newspapers and periodicals across the country. Unfortunately, because there was no copyright protection at that time, the reprints brought Poe not one cent, he continued to live in the poverty that ever hounded him."
The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
An extensive website featuring essays about Poe's life, literary criticism, letters, and free electronic texts of his poems and short stories. Also includes information about the Society, and other Poe-related organizations and websites.
The Poe Decoder
Collection of literary criticism and analysis of Poe's poetry, short stories, and scientific accomplishments. Examined poems and works include "The Raven," The Black Cat, Ligeia, William Wilson, and The Man of the Crowd.
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Biography and comprehensive index of online electronic texts.
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