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.

Biography: In the Valley of the Shadow
By Alan Gullette

Poe and Lovecraft
By Robert Bloch

Poe Webography

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First posted: July 27, 1996
Last updated: January 13, 2011

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