Thursday, September 13, 2012

Delving into the Life and Literary Works of Edgar Allen Poe

by M. J. Joachim

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Edgar Allen Poe had more than his share of head trash. Clearly, writing became an outlet to help him escape from reality, deal with demons and release creative energy.

Historically, Poe became acclaimed as one of America’s most influential authors and literary critics, known and praised throughout the world. “He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician,” states Poe Museum.

An unlikely subject for me to delve into and blog about, as I tend to shy away from reading horror stories, I became intrigued with Poe after reading The Cask of Amontillado. From there, I found myself immersed in his biography and enticed with the idea of writing a blog series relating to Poe and his work.

Mind you, this series should be considered raw. What you will read here will not be research about what anyone else says about Poe and his writings. It will be my gut reaction, first impression, unadulterated opinion (mixed in with necessary biographical facts) about the man and his works. I’m going to treat this series as a creative exercise, not an American Literature class. God only knows where it could take me...

It is my every hope that you will follow, enjoy and share your own unadulterated opinions, as we endeavor to explore the exciting world of Edgar Allen Poe.

Until next time, wonderful people, I wish you only good things!

M. J.

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