Edgar Allan Poe
#40 Overall Influence

Edgar Allan Poe

American author, poet, editor and literary critic


Why is this person notable and influential?

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short story. He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

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    As an author of the nineteenth-century, Poe is credited with creating detective fiction. Moreover, he was well known for his dark and haunting imagery throughout his works. Titles in this study guide include The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Cask of Amontillado.


What schools is this person affiliated with?
University of Virginia
University of Virginia

Public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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United States Military Academy
United States Military Academy

Federal service academy in West Point, New York, United States

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Notable Works

What contributions to academia has this person made?
  • X-ing a Paragrab
  • The Angel of the Odd
  • The Balloon-Hoax
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • Tales
  • The Devil in the Belfry
  • The Conchologist's First Book
  • Ses Noveloj
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Hop-Frog
  • The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade
  • MS. Found in a Bottle
  • The Sphinx
  • Tamerlane and Other Poems
  • Lionizing
  • To Helen
  • Metzengerstein
  • Eleonora
  • The Business Man
  • Morella
  • The Masque of the Red Death
  • The Oblong Box
  • The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall
  • Shadow
  • The Power of Words
  • The Imp of the Perverse
  • William Wilson
  • The Assignation
  • Diddling
  • Mystification
  • The Philosophy of Composition
  • To One in Paradise
  • Kruk
  • King Pest
  • Three Sundays in a Week
  • Silence
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Some Words with a Mummy
  • Four Beasts in One
  • The Bells
  • The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion
  • The Domain of Arnheim
  • Bon-Bon
  • The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq.
  • American Fantastic Tales
  • The Sleeper
  • A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
  • Sonnet to Science
  • Never Bet the Devil Your Head
  • A Tale of Jerusalem
  • The Premature Burial
  • Eureka: A Prose Poem
  • Maelzel's Chess Player
  • Loss of breath
  • The Colloquy of Monos and Una
  • A Dream Within a Dream
  • Marginalia
  • The Poetic Principle
  • The Island of the Fay
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • To Marie Louise
  • The Landor's Cottage
  • The Oval Portrait
  • The Mystery of Marie Rogêt
  • The Man of the Crowd
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Thou Art the Man
  • Ligeia
  • The Man That Was Used Up
  • Berenice
  • The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
  • How to Write a Blackwood Article

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this person influential?
#8 World Rank #2 USA Rank
#1595 World Rank #978 USA Rank