The Mysterious Poe: Modern Day Detective Story

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Vivica Williams
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The Mysterious Poe

“Poe’s stories are wonderful, and they still stand up, they’re as readable as they were when I first encountered them in my teens” (King 1). Edgar Allan Poe, a life-long writer, wrote comedies, fiction, and even created the first detective story. He is well known for his work because of the bizarre and gruesome imagination and details in his works. Poe is also known as the creator of symbolism and surrealism, as well as being influential around the world. Edgar Allan Poe is the one of the most influential writers who created the modern day detective stories.

The works of Poe led to the creation of today’s well known detective entertainment. Poe was a great inventor in the world of literature and he was the creator of many forms of new literature and literary idealisms. “In just three stories, Poe created the amatuer detective and his narrator friend, the locked-room mystery, the talented but eccentric ameteur sleuth outwitting the official police force, interviews with witnesses, the first fictional case of an animal committing a perceived murder, the first armchair detective, the first fictional case which claimed to solve a real murder mystery previously unsolved by police, the concept of hiding something in plain sight so that it is overlooked by everyone who
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Poe’s creation of the detective story has followed the generations and took a new breath of life in modern entertainment. His influence took an incredible leap with the influence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes which has lead to numerous other works. These works have proven to be lasting with the amount of modern mystery, fantasy, and detective works there are in daily entertainment. Today there is always a mystery to be solved when you turn on the television from CSI, Cold Case, Psyche or even Sherlock, the mystery lover will never be

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