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Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short-story writer, editor and literary critic, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre.


He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.[1] He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.[2]



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2009 will be an Edgar Allan Poe Year! :thumbsup

What do you know of him - and like of him? :)

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I think Edgar Allen Poe is one of the most interesting people I've ever heard or read of.

He used to live in Richmond, Va which is about 10 Miles from here.
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No childhood home of Poe is still standing, including the Allan family's Moldavia estate. The oldest standing home in Richmond, the Old Stone House, is in use as the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, though Poe never lived there. The collection includes many items Poe used during his time with the Allan family and also features several rare first printings of Poe works. The dorm room Poe is believed to have used while studying at the University of Virginia in 1826 is preserved and available for visits. Its upkeep is now overseen by a group of students and staff known as the Raven Society.[124
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They even had a birthday party for Edgar Allen Poe yesterday: Unfortunately I wasn' there.
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Poe's 24-hour Birthday Bash
January 19, 2009, Midnight to 11:59 p.m.
Regular Poe Museum admission applies

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond will host a 24-hour birthday party for Edgar in his bicentennial year. On January 19th, 2009 the Poe Museum will open at 12:01 a.m. and remain open for 24 hours. Enjoy poetry readings during the day, tour the Museum in the dead of night, or join us for birthday cake and a candle-light vigil at Poe's shrine at dusk. There will be something for everyone during the 24-hour celebration. Specific times for each event are TBA but updates will be posted to this site on a regular basis.

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And do you have any favourites among Poe's tales?

I like most of them.

The one that comes to mind right now is this one:


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"The Masque of the Red Death", originally published as "The Mask of the Red Death", is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. When Prospero confronts this stranger, he falls dead. The story follows many traditions of Gothic fiction and is often analyzed as an allegory about the inevitability of death, though some critics advise against an allegorical reading. Many different interpretations have been presented, as well as attempts to identify the true nature of the disease of the "Red Death."




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And do you have any favourites among Poe's tales?

I like most of them.

The one that comes to mind right now is this one:


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"The Masque of the Red Death", originally published as "The Mask of the Red Death", is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. When Prospero confronts this stranger, he falls dead. The story follows many traditions of Gothic fiction and is often analyzed as an allegory about the inevitability of death, though some critics advise against an allegorical reading. Many different interpretations have been presented, as well as attempts to identify the true nature of the disease of the "Red Death."




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A mysterious someone once gave this story to me. :wink:

Well, I really like 'Anabell Lee'.

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Annabel Lee.

By Edgar A. Poe.


It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee; —
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love —
I and my Annabel Lee —
With a love that the wingéd seraphs in Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her high-born kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre,
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me —
Yes! — that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we —
Of many far wiser than we —
And neither the angels in Heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee: —

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee: —
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling — my darling — my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea —
In her tomb by the sounding sea.


... The black cat is good, too - kind of bloody, maybe. :zipp

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... The black cat is good, too - kind of bloody, maybe. :zipp


The Black Cat is really gruesome - but - Oh Boy! - isn't it impressive!

Or - Oh Girl! - for that matter ....

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... The black cat is good, too - kind of bloody, maybe. :zipp


The Black Cat is really gruesome - but - Oh Boy! - isn't it impressive!

Or - Oh Girl! - for that matter ....


How can he think of such cruelty? That's disturbing! :shock:

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How can he think of such cruelty? That's disturbing! :shock:


Well, it's all in the mind. In real life he was a kind person, I think. :)

Another story I like: Ligeia



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The unnamed narrator describes the qualities of Ligeia, a beautiful, passionate and intellectual woman, raven-haired and dark-eyed, that he thinks he remembers meeting "in some large, old decaying city near the Rhine."


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"Das FAss Amontillado" (I dont know the title in English) is also a terrifying story. Just to imagine how it is to be in a small cell bricked up ang waiting for the death... and knowing, noone would come, `cause noone knows where are you.

And the black cat I dont really like. I hate people, who can be so cruel to animals...


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Here you can read a summary of teh story:

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"The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado") is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book.

The story is set in a nameless Italian city in an unspecified year (possibly sometime during the 18th century) and concerns the deadly revenge taken by the narrator on a friend who he claims has insulted him. Like several of Poe's stories, and in keeping with the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive – in this case, by immurement.

As in "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart", Poe conveys the story through the murderer's perspective.



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How can he think of such cruelty? That's disturbing! :shock:


Well, it's all in the mind. In real life he was a kind person, I think. :)

Another story I like: Ligeia



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I'm sure he was kind - and very sensitive as far as I know.

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Poe also wrote fascinating detective stories. I remember well "The Golden Beetle".

Here you see book covers in many languages - even in Russian! :)

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Why EVEN in Russian? :wink: Poe is very popular here. We read his works at school. :-D :-D


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Why EVEN in Russian? :wink:


Sorry! :oops:

Of course: Also in Russia! :) :knuddel

It was only because I was intrigued by the kyrillic lettesr. :)

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Ah - Vincent Price in "The Raven", "The house of Ushers" and "Pit and the pendelum" ... great storys, great films.

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"The Raven"


A great work of art! :)

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

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Did anyone notice that it was his 200th birthday last week?

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Ooops .... I did know that 2009 is his year! :thumbsup

But I forgot that last week was his week! :weia

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Ooops .... I did know that 2009 is his year! :thumbsup

But I forgot that last week was his week! :weia


I guess he didn't mind! :wink:

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And now HIS year is drawing to a close ...... :wiwi

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I will honour this by re-reading some of his short stories. :-D

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