Edger Allen Poe: Master of the Macabre
Regarded as the inventor of the modern detective story, the pioneer of the science fictions, such as the time travel stories, and the author of tales of imaginations and mysteries, the name of Edger Allen Poe shines like a brightest star in the American author’s universe. He was well-known for his horror and frightening stories. His personal life was also a legend of dejection, dreadfulness and sorrow itself. His personality was full of morbid fascination because of destitute from his parents at the age of three and offended by his unofficial adopter, “Mr. Allen”. His Childhood hero was British poet “Lord Byron”. His quixotic quest to become an author and poet could be revealed by his early poetic verses on the back of Allen’s ledger sheet, when his foster father “Allen” sought him to be in his tobacco business. (Poe Museum). Poe had an unhappy childhood during which he had senses of inferiority, introversion, and precocity. During school time, he felt more and more insecure and estrange from his schoolmates for his lowly origin and more and more antagonistic to Mr. Allan. He married a thirteen-year-old child wife Virginia who was fatally ill and died in her 23. In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, we can easily find the influence of his morbid love affection. All his life he craved love and tenderness, but was doomed to lose in turn all the women he loved. When he reached a sheltered childhood and adolescence he encountered nothing but failures and denials. Edgar Allan Poe was a victim of self-induced misfortune and ill health and his fables of horror and death epitomize his imaginative creativity about death, suffering and melancholies of life. Those stories are such a small part of one of America's most enigmatic literary giants. He was unquestionably a man of culture, yet surprisingly on target in his view of literary reputations, he was possessed of old-fashioned Southern courtesy, but he was notoriously hard to get...
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