"William Wilson" is a short story written by Edgar Alan Poe, best known as the first and most noticeable writer of fantastic poetry and prose. The story of W. Wilson is no exception; in this story Poe is using surreal motifs, i.e. introducing to elements of mystique and occult by creating a character with split personality. The story is first published in 1839. in Burton's Gentleman's … [Read more...]
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (1809. - 1849.) was an American author, poet, editor and a critic of the American realism. He lost his parents two years after birth and was adopted by a tobacco merchant who sent him to a school in England.
He was expelled because of his gambling debt and because of that the tobacco merchant didn’t want anything to do with him anymore. Under a false name, he joined the army but got kicked out because he disobeyed his orders.
He married the 13 years old Virginia who died of tuberculosis and it is considered to be the cause of his alcoholism and opium addiction. He dedicated the song "Annabel Lee" to her.
He got famous because of the poem "The Raven" and "The Murders in Rue Morge" and "The Purloined Letter" are considered to be his most famous crime novels.
He tried to kill himself and then he disappeared for three days and when he came back he died in a strange condition in 1849.
He wrote mystical works as "The Black Cat". He wrote songs in a mystical romantic mood and bizarre motives.
“The Masque of Red Death” is a story by a famous American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. It was published for the first time in Graham’s Magazine in 1842 and then it had the word “Fantasy” in the title. The story is about a young man Prince Prospero that gathered 1000 healthy young people, mostly nobility that hid with him inside a castle from the Red Death – a horrible disease that … [Read more...]
In this story the author convincingly and precisely describes the human tendency to do harm with no real motive. Poe stated just the facts and does not question them in a moral sense. The story is written as a inner monologue of the storyteller. Genre: short story Time: 19th century Book Summary The hero of this story was gentle and permissive as a child. He loved animals and … [Read more...]
The central theme of this novel "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a death of a beautiful woman. Poe touched some borderlines of science in which supernatural any mysterious events that cannot be explained interfere. There is symbolism in this novel. Death is a symbol of the dreams victory over reality; the man's last fight to liberate himself of his body or reality that surrounds him … [Read more...]
The Murders in the Rue Morgue is a short story by the famous writer Edgar Allan Poe. In the manner of his earlier works this story also borders on horror, but because of it's theme it is considered one of the first crime stories ever. It was written in 1841 and released in April of the same year in Graham's Magazine. The main character of this story is a detective C. Auguste Dupin. … [Read more...]