Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe!

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Happy 209th birthday to Edgar Allan Poe, one of America’s greatest writers! Not only is Mr. Poe one of the most important writers of Gothic literature, in which he explored the darkness in the human soul, but also he is considered to be the father of the modern detective story. In his detective M. Dupin, Poe laid the groundwork, in terms of observation and deduction, for the great Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Among his best short stories are “The Fall of the House Of Usher”, “The Masque of The Red Death”, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Purloined Letter.”

Equally as important as his fiction is his extraordinary poetry. My two favorites are “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven.” When reading these, please try doing it out loud. Hearing the words gives life to the rhythm of the poems.

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I first encountered Poe as a student in 8th grade. For some reason, many consider his works to be juvenile writing, but that is a complete misreading of his deeply complex work. I have studied his writing in graduate school, and I also teach his work in a variety of college courses, both at the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

If you have never read his work, do yourself a favor, and read from one of the masters of writing.

Again, here’s to you Mr. Poe!

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20 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe!

  1. The myth of Poe is still alive and well in Baltimore, with his portrait adorning local beers or bbq sauces 🙂 An unknown visitor would leave roses by Poe’s tomb every year on his birthday for 60 years, and it became a local legend who this mystery person was. Unfortunately, the tradition abruptly stopped in 2010, but it’s still interesting: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2012/01/19/145454946/nevermore-mysterious-visits-to-edgar-allan-poes-grave-declared-over

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