Edgar Allan Poe: Death in a Gutter

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On the 7th of October 1849 Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, America. He was one of the world’s most renowned crime and horror writers, credited also with inventing the detective and science fiction genres. Poe was the first Victorian writer who had an ambition to earn a living from writing. Judging by the final outcome of his life, he did manage to do so, yet, despite his exceptional talent, he died in poverty. His dark Gothic tales – to name a few: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket , The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven – played on the imagination of the early 19th century reader, often revealing complex and disturbing truths about the dealings of a human mind. Most of Poe’s characters either die or descend to madness, which by looking at the course of Poe’s own life seems…

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2 responses to “Edgar Allan Poe: Death in a Gutter

  1. I’ve just been re-reading some of Poe’s stories and find some are very two-dimensional. Compare with Frankenstein they don’t have the same layers of meaning. Once you’ve whipped up the reader’s horror about being burried alive and other sush nonsense there’s nowhere else to go! Over-rated?

  2. well, i don’t think so. i think there is so much to Poe. I see your point about Frankenstein–but Poe, as I see him, is a chronicler of the macabre, yes it’s all from a very subjective viewpoint, but what is fiction? Any fiction is part of a writer–at the very least his/her thoughts on a given issue placed in the framework of a story,
    I think Poe’s depictions of guilt, of insanity and so on, engage the reader, daring us to enter his own tortured existence, to glimpse his nightmare world. His reasons for sharing the darkness is what I find fascinating and haunting and I really don’t find anything nonsensical, not with his prose or his perceptions.
    Thank you so much, that is a very thought provoking comment!

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