Edgar Allan Poe
#43 Overall Influence

Edgar Allan Poe

American-Irish Author.


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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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  • Study Guide: The Major Works of Edgar Allen Poe

    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.


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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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#7 World Rank #2 USA Rank
#3499 World Rank #1984 USA Rank