Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe’s Impact on Modern and American Literature

Poe face photo

 

Edgar Allan Poe’s works were disregarded at first in the United States, but they gained soaring popularity after well-known French poet Charles Baudelaire, whose own writings were influenced by Poe, gave them recognition in the period around 1850. As the years have passed since then, his stories and poems have been immortalized from the classroom, to film, to the numerous authors who count Poe as a major influence on their own literary creations.

Although Poe is best known for works stemming from the horror genre, he also wrote what is recognized as the first detective story recorded in American literature; “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Subsequent publications by other detective writers followed, with the best-known example of these being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes, the most popular detective in fiction. The Holmes character was inspired by Poe’s fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin, the crime-solving guru from “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”

Another bestselling story influenced by Poe is the fantasy-adventure novel, Life of Pi, although not the story itself.   It was Richard Parker – the name of the tiger on the boat. The name Richard Parker appeared in Poe’s 1838 novel, “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” – a nautical adventure story.

For over one hundred fifty years, many Poe-inspired short stories, poems, and novels have been published, and it is with this in mind that I now include myself, author of The Poe Consequence, as another author influenced by the timeless allure that is Edgar Allan Poe.

Sources:

http://education.seattlepi.com/influence-edgar-allan-poe-american-culture-5573.html

http://www.grin.com/en/e-book/97801/edgar-allan-poe-and-his-influence-on-american-literature

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/may/23/top10s.poe

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-detective-story-is-published

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