Edgar Allen Poe
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...Pit and the Pendulum” (1842), focuses on the “legendary villainy of the Spanish Inquisition” (Skarda and Jaffee 182), themes that other Gothic writers had explored. Ann Radcliffe, a pioneer of the Gothic story, influenced Poe, especially in his 1842 work “The Oval Portrait,” to the point that he mentions her in the story. Poe was also greatly influential in the detective fiction genre. His tales... ?The great and influential American Edgar Allan 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...