Edgar Allan Poe : The Inventor Of The Modern Detective And The Short Story

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The name Poe brings to mind images of dark stories with madmen, murderers and premature burials. Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most celebrated authors in American literature. His reputation as a major figure head in both American and World literature is primarily based on his ingenious and fervent poems, short stories and critical theories, which set a powerful grounds for the short form in both fiction and poetry. Poe is regarded as the inventor of the modern detective and the short story. Edgar Allen Poe’s prodigal talents were most likely erected in his early childhood due to forlorn events such as the passing of his parents and struggles with gambling and debt. Edgar Poe was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 19, 1809 to the travelling actors David and Eliza Poe. Before his second birthday his father left his mother; not long afterwards his mother would pass away from tuberculosis. Impecunious, unhappiness, and an overwhelming sense of loneliness would follow Edgar through his lifetime (Dennison).
There is a connection between Poe and the misfortunate events in his life and in his work. In his short story “The Masque of the Red Death”, a deadly plague called the Red Death, sweeps across the nation similar to the black plague in Europe. If one were to catch the Red Death, they were isolated from others and unable to receive aid of others. The symptoms were grisly as one could experience, cutting chest pain, dizziness and a significant amount blood coming from pores.…

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