Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809. - 1849.) was an American author, poet, editor and a critic of the American realism. He lost his parents two years after birth and was adopted by a tobacco merchant who sent him to a school in England.

He was expelled because of his gambling debt and because of that the tobacco merchant didn’t want anything to do with him anymore. Under a false name he joined the army but got kicked out because he disobeyed his orders.

He married the 13 years old Virginia who died of tuberculosis and it is considered to be the cause of his alcoholism and opium addiction. He dedicated the song "Annabel Lee" to her.

He got famous because of the poem "The Raven" and "The Murders in Rue Morge" and "The Purloined Letter" are considered to be his most famous crime novels.

He tried to kill himself and than he disappeared for three days and when he came back he died in a strange condition in 1849.

He wrote mystical works as for example "The Black Cat". He wrote song in a mystical-romantic mood and bizarre motives.

William Wilson

"William Wilson" is a short story written by Edgar Alan Poe, best known as the first and most noticeable writer of fantastic poetry and prose. The story of W. Wilson is no exception; in this story Poe is using surreal motifs, i.e. introducing to elements of mystique and occult by creating a character with split personality. The story is first published in 1839. in Burton's Gentleman's … [Read more...]

The Masque of the Red Death

“The Masque of Red Death” is a story by a famous American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. It was published for the first time in Graham’s Magazine in 1842 and then it had the word “Fantasy” in the title. The story is about a young man Prince Prospero that gathered 1000 healthy young people, mostly nobility that hid with him inside a castle from the Red Death – a horrible disease that … [Read more...]

The Black Cat

In this story the author convincingly and precisely describes the human tendency to do harm with no real motive. Poe stated just the facts and does not question them in a moral sense. The story is written as a inner monologue of the storyteller. Summary The hero of this story was gentle and permissive as a child. He loved animals and took good care of them. He did that when he was … [Read more...]

The Fall of the House of Usher

The main theme of this novel "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a death of a beautiful women. Poe touched some border lines of science in which supernatural any mysterious events that cannot be explained interfere. There is symbolic in this novel. Death is a symbol of the dreams victory over reality; the mans last fight to liberate himself of his body or reality that surrounds him … [Read more...]

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The book starts with a polemic about analysis and analytics which the author associates with chess and playing cards. The plot begins when the author writes about Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin who he met in Paris. Because a series of circumstances he lost his fortune and the only luxury he had in life were books. He and the author shared a love for books. They’ve met in a library and … [Read more...]