Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-01-19 — 1849-10-07) was an American author best known for his poetry and short stories which usually have dark macabre themes which have greatly influenced Gothic literature and romanticism.

I first learned about Poe from his poem, The Raven, when I was a boy, but I didn't start reading any of his other work until my mid thirties. In general, I find his writing to be certainly mood-inducing, but it always feels like he's trying too hard to be scary. He also uses the word "countenance" far too often. I like to read his work around Halloween time to help put me in the mood.

Works I've Read

Title Published Rank
Alone 1829-??-?? 10
The Black Cat 1843-08-19 6
The City In the Sea 1836-08-?? 4
The Facts In the Case of M. Valdemar 1845-12-?? 11
The Fall of the House of Usher 1839-09-?? 5
The Haunted Place 1839-04-?? 9
The Masque of the Red Death 1842-05-?? 2
The Pit and the Pendulum 1842-??-?? 3
The Raven 1845-01-?? 1
The Tell-Tale Heart 1843-01-?? 7
To —— —— (Should my early life seem) 1829-??-?? 8