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What impact did Edgar Allan Poe have on society?

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Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:21 AM via web

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What impact did Edgar Allan Poe have on society?

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Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:34 AM (Answer #1)

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Edgar Allan Poe had a great impact on society. He was regarded as the writer responsible for creating detective fiction, the horror story, and a master of the short story.

Not only did Poe write, his was a renowned literary critic. He was greatly critical and forced writers to reexamine their own texts. Many writers were influenced by Poe (Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle). Other authors spent years translating his (Poe's) texts into other languages (for example, Baudelaire translated Poe's texts into French--this took him fourteen years).

Overall, Poe's impact on literature was a great one. Students today still study, scrutinize, and dissect his texts. Authors, influenced and impacted by Poe, try to recreate his language, mood, and grasp on readers.

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