The Mysterious Poe

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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
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“The legacy of Edgar Allan Poe’s detective fiction can be seen most clearly in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and later Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot” (Lloyd 1). Many modern works have been derived from Poe’s work. The most well known derivative of Poe is Sherlock Holmes. Poe set the foundation for all detective stories. Edgar Allan Poe’s works have such magnetism that today 's works are still derived from him and his principles.“The first Holmes story was published in 1891, fifty years after Poe’s Dupin made his appearance in print” (Llyod 1). Poe established a chain reaction leading to the architecture of a work such as Holmes fifty years later. The chain reaction has continued further from Agatha Christie being motivated by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes and so on. These works persevere in their significance, yet, they can all be traced back to the foundation that Edgar Allan Poe set, leading to the creation of …show more content…
Poe was ahead of his time in his work. His mind was so extravagant that his works were not understood for their brilliance in his era, and he was greatly misunderstood. Poe is the influence of commonplace entertainment although, it is not typically realized that Poe is behind it all. “Although Poe was a product of his time in terms of his moral beliefs, social ideals, and prejudices, he was ahead of his time in experimentation with new styles of short story writing and genres of fiction. His influence on writers of his time were limited but his influences on the literature that has followed his is quite large” (Lloyd 1). Edgar Allan Poe had a grim time being accepted in his time, and his works remained “too outside of the box” for his era. Times have finally caught up with Poe, and he has sparked an extraordinary interest for many people. He has encouraged a number of admirable writers leading up to today’s detective entertainment such as Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, Criminal Minds, Psyche, and people such as Stephen King. Edgar Allan Poe is a writer that has been an absolute influence to almost everything we know and love today in literature and television. Poe has been laced through relatively every aspect of daily entertainment, so much in fact that we do not acknowledge him. “Poe is so ingrained in us … that we no longer recognize him … and yet,

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