Edgar Allan Poe

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What type/s of writing did Edgar Allan Poe develop, improve and/or perfect?    

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Although Poe may have been influenced by earlier works, he is credited by many with the development of the style and format of detective stories that we know of today.

The influence of Poe's detective stories on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is apparent in A Study In Scarlet when the narrator Dr. John Watson says to Sherlock Holmes:

 “It is simple enough as you explain it,” I said, smiling. “You remind me of Edgar Allen Poe’s Dupin. I had no idea that such individuals did exist outside of stories.”

If one reads the stories of Detective Dupin by Poe, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue, they will find many similarities between that fictional character and Sherlock Holmes. Doyle developed the concept of deductive reasoning further in his stories and novels, also finding inspiration in his personal experiences and encounters as a doctor. But there is no doubt that Edgar Allen Poe made the first important strides in detective fiction.

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Edgar Allan Poe was talented in several areas of literature. An American author, he is well-known for his short stories, as well as his poetry. He was also a literary critic.

Poe wrote during the 19th Century, but he was anything but the typical Romantic writer. Where Emerson and Thoreau wrote about the beauty of nature, Herman Melville—and Poe—wrote in the literary genre called "Dark Romanticism." It was in this area that Poe wrote works of horror and mystery.

...Melville's dark vision is highlighted in Edgar Allan Poe's...narratives.

Many people today would assume that Poe created the horror story for he is most popular for the stories that seem to be the forerunners of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King.

...[M]ost [critics] agree that the birth of the modern crime-mystery-detective story can be traced...to the 1841 publication of...“Murders in the Rue Morgue”...

This story was written by Poe. Many critics credit Poe with being the father of the detective story and mystery (for there are literary distinctions between the two). He wrote a group of pieces that he called...

...‘‘tales of ratiocination,’’ which helped define the conventions used in Arthur Conan...

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