What type of writing did Edgar Allan Poe favor?

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Edgar Allan Poe wrote in a genre called "Gothic," which was intended to appeal to his audience in a similar way to modern horror movies. People enjoy being scared or "spooked," and Gothic writing is meant to do just this. He wrote about death, about being buried alive, about the dead coming back to life (like today's zombie movies), and about the living left behind to mourn the dead.

Some of his work is referred to as Dark Romantic, which Poe would not have liked, based on the ideas of transcendentalism that he rejected publicly.

In general, readers may call Poe's writing horror, but he also wrote humorous stories and essays, including satires, hoaxes, and joke stories. He wrote very ironically, including using very rich people and situations as the butt of jokes.

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