Edgar Allen Poe
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...Poe, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809, was interesting, mysterious, and controversial, both during his life and even after his death. He has had a profound influence on our culture, and not just in the genres of literature, including Gothic literature, detective fiction, and science fiction, he either invented or expanded. He is most likely responsible for our culture’s fascination with death, the macabre, and the mysterious. His life seemed to parallel many of the themes he wrote about, with his many losses of significant women in his life, which inspired his works, even up to his bizarre, mysterious, and explained death. Poe was orphaned... ?The great and influential American Edgar Allan...