Poe 's Influence On The Film Industry Essay

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"Poe 's Influence on the Film Industry" Many know Edgar Allan Poe for his infamous short stories and unique ability to create suspense for his readers. However, his important role as a writer has also impacted the way many directors stylize their movies. Surprisingly enough, Poe 's influence has stretched beyond just horror and macabre themes. The details of this influence can be exemplified by well-known films. Poe was an American short-story writer, poet, and critic. He is most famous for his ability to skillfully craft tales of dreamlike and macabre forces; Poe is also considered the father of the modern detective story. In his earlier years, Poe lost both his parents and, by the age of three, was taken to live with his godfather. In 1826, he enrolled in the University of Virginia, though was forced to leave after several months due to gambling debts, and thus, put into a world of poverty. "Living in a time of frequent economic crisis and depression, he was to be plagued by poverty throughout his life, a condition that was exacerbated by his chronic alcoholism" ("Edgar Allan Poe"). His alcoholism was thought to have helped influence his surreal horror stories. Between the years 1827 and 1831, several books were published that did not attract popular or critical recognition. In 1836, Poe married thirteen-year-old Virginia Clemm and, after moving to New York, became a respected and sometimes feared critic. Around 1840, Poe began writing mystery tales which granted him…

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