200 years of E.A.Poe

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For anyone who is interested.

The New York Times has an interesting appreciation of Edgar Allan Poe: "Jan. 19, 2009, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe died at 40, on Oct. 7, 1849, but his poetic and storytelling genius changed literature forever." The website has a slide show -- worth a visit
 

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Good to see one of my favourite writers getting some appreciation:)
 

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Good to see one of my favourite writers getting some appreciation:)
Hmmm....not sure if that's meant to imply he hasn't up to now? From where I'm standing he seems pretty well respected, famous and highly regarded by folks in the mainstream, so not just by horror junkies like some of us....:D

Sorry in advance if I've misread that comment foxbat.

Cheers......:)

P.S,. Very cool avatar that!
 

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He is almost too respected by the folks in mainstream.They are trying to grap him for themselves.

He was ours kind of writer, i try to remind people that think he wrote stories like Dickens that he wrote horror,sf and not mainstream lit or only poetry :D

I think he deserves being THE classic writer of them all. Not because of how he influenced others after but that he was so good and ahead of his times he never knew how great he was. Thats sad.

For me celebrating his 200 years is vastly more important than Darwin.
 

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Yes, I noticed that mate. Very versatile but then a lot of those authors were, it's amazing how often an author is known for a specific Genre/book when they wrote so much more!

Of course not only being I suppose an early king of horror and still highly regarded but as you say he was also credited with the first "detective" tale.
 

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Yes, I noticed that mate. Very versatile but then a lot of those authors were, it's amazing how often an author is known for a specific Genre/book when they wrote so much more!

Of course not only being I suppose an early king of horror and still highly regarded but as you say he was also credited with the first "detective" tale.

Shame he didnt write more Dupin stories. They are alot more fun than Sherlock and other early detective stories.

You do know that the finest crime award in America is called Edgar ?
 

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Hmmm....not sure if that's meant to imply he hasn't up to now? From where I'm standing he seems pretty well respected, famous and highly regarded by folks in the mainstream, so not just by horror junkies like some of us....:D

But it was a long way to the mainstream for Poe. Originally he wasn't considered a great American writer. And some argue if the French hadn't discovered him, he wouldn't be famous at all nowadays.
 

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