Edgar Allan Poe
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
|"The mind of man can imagine nothing which has not really existed [...]." --Edgar Allan Poe
"Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence -- whether much that is glorious- whether all that is profound -- does not spring from disease of thought -- from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect." --"Eleonora"
Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, and one of the leaders of the American Romanticism. Best known for his tales of the macabre and mystery, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction and crime fiction. During his lifetime he was more popular in France (thanks to the translations of Baudelaire) than in his native country. After his premature death at the age of 40 he became internationally renowned. The Japanese writer Edogawa Rampo derived his pseudonym of his name. He came to the attention of 20th century audiences via the low-budget film adaptations by Roger Corman starring Vincent Price.
Works on Poe
Selected list of works
- "The Black Cat"
- "The Cask of Amontillado"
- "The Fall of the House of Usher"
- "The Gold-Bug"
- "Loss of Breath"
- "The Man of the Crowd"
- "The Masque of the Red Death"
- "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
- "The Pit and the Pendulum"
- "The Purloined Letter"
- "The Tell-Tale Heart"
- "A Dream Within A Dream"
- "Annabel Lee"
- "The Bells"
- "The City in the Sea"
- "The Conqueror Worm"
- "The Haunted Palace"
- "The Raven"
- The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket – Poe's only complete novel
- "The Philosophy of Composition" – Essay
- Eureka – Essay
- "The Balloon-Hoax" – A journalistic hoax printed as a true story
Please note that this list of collections refers only to those printed during Poe's lifetime with his permission. Modern anthologies are not included.
- Tamerlane and Other Poems (credited by "a Bostonian") (1827)
- Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems (1829)
- Poems (1831, printed as "second edition")
- Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (December 1839)
- The Prose Romances of Edgar A. Poe (1843)
- Tales (1845, Wiley & Putnam)
- The Raven and Other Poems (1845, Wiley & Putnam)
Poe's works have had a broad influence on American and world literature (sometimes even despite those who tried to resist it), and even on the art world beyond literature. The scope of Poe's influence on art is evident when one sees the many and diverse artists who were directly and profoundly influenced by him.
- Bibliography of Edgar Allan Poe
- Edgar Allan Poe in popular culture, Poe as a character
- Edgar Allan Poe in television and film, Poe's oeuvre adapted for the screen
- Edgar Allan Poe and music, musical adaptations of his works