The American Writer And Creator Of Short Story, By Edgar Allan Poe

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Great American writer and creator of short story, Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. According to Charles E. May, a literary scholar, who specializes in the study of the short story, “Poe is very important in the history of American culture … , he developed short fictions as a genre that was to have a major impact on American literature… in nineteenth century” (May 5). Despite the huge amount short stories that were written and sold, Poe unsuccessfully tried to fix his financial situation to no avail. Poe 's life experiences, including his poverty, alcoholism, depression, and the deaths of those he loved, had greatly influenced his short story writing. Born into an impoverished actor’s family and during all his life, Poe fought with poverty as his protagonists fights with poverty in his short stories. “Lack of copyright laws made the work of the great English writers readily available at low cost,” observes May in his “Edgar Allan Poe” article (May 5). Poe’s bibliographer, J. Lasley Dameron, comments in his “Edgar Allan Poe” article that John Allan, Poe’s foster father, died without leaving anything in his will, though Poe counted on getting something from him, but he was not lucky in that regard either (Dameron 5). Poe, who grew up in a wealthy family, without foster father’s help struggled with financial problems which reflected in some of his short stories; for example, Mr. William Legrand, in the tale “The Gold Bug”. The main hero, Mr.…

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