Edgar A. Poe
(1809 - 1849)
The life of Edgar A. Poe was checkered by an alternating series of successes and failures, of breakdowns and recoveries, of hopes engendered and dashed -- despite which (or, perhaps, because of which) he produced brilliant literature that assured his enduring stature as America's finest writer of psychological horror and as one of her best poets. In addition, Poe is credited with defining the modern short story, creating the first literary detective (Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin), and writing some of the first science fiction.
Photo: The "Stella" daguerrotype, given by Poe to Stella Lewis.
Poe-Ingram Collection, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Other Poe Sites
Edgar Allan Poe
Colorado State University Libraries. An excellent resource for Poe research.
Edgar Allan Poe The Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism Collection
Knowing Poe: The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe... In Baltimore and Beyond.
Maryland Public Television's educational site on the web, brings Poe to digital life for
middle and high school students. Actor John Astin appears throughout site on digital video as virtual
tour guide. Over 10 interactive activities for students and many primary sources.
"Classroom Connections" helps teachers match the activities to appropriate reading levels and
a literary arts multi-media organization that sponsors documentary work
and public performances in Los Angeles. Their museum-style website
presents the true story of Edgar Allan Poe, the artists and scholars
who influenced Poe and who have been influenced by him. Also features
goth photo galleries of cemeteries, pet rats, ghost towns, prisons, and
the PoeForward "Dead Girls" collection of historical and contemporary
dead girls (goth girls).
First posted: July 27, 1996
Last updated: January 13, 2011
Selected Authors of Supernatural Horror