Category : Authors · by Editorial Staff Jan 18th, 2015
Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer of exceptional originality with wide creative interests, poet, storyteller, essayist, literary critic, publicist and one of the most important representatives of American Romanticism.
Edgar is widely known by his dark tales of mystery that have a grim or ghastly atmosphere (Macabre). Some of his major works are narrative poem Raven and tales The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, The Purloined Letter and The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Poe’s short stories are considered to be the forerunner of detective novels.
In the honor of Edgar Allan Poe, an annual award of The Mystery Writers of America is named after him.
After all, Poe’s work has left an immeasurable contribution to world literature, especially in the horror genre and criminology.
We loved with a love that was more than love.Annabel Lee (1849)
The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?The Premature Burial (1844)
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838)
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only at night.Eleonora (1841)
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.Letter to George W. Eveleth (January 4, 1848)
All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream.A Dream Within a Dream (1849)
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography by Arthur Hobson Quinn
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.The Philosophy of Composition (1846)
The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.The Cask of Amontillado (1847)
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.The Power of Stupidity by Giancarlo Livraghi
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.Edgar Allan Poe by John Alexander Joyce
I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.The Angel of the Odd (1844)
Stupidity is a talent for misconception.The Rationale of Verse (1848)
The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.The Philosophy of Composition (1846)
I have great faith in fools — self-confidence my friends will call it.Marginalia (November 1844)
Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.The Mystery of Marie Roget (1842)
That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward.Marginalia (November 1844)
If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.Marginalia (November 1844)
To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.Marginalia (November 1844)
It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.The Rationale of Verse (1848)
Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man.Letter to Frederick W. Thomas (February 14, 1849)
It is with literature as with law or empire — an established name is an estate in tenure, or a throne in possession.Letter to Mr. B (1831)
Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music without the idea is simply music; the idea without the music is prose from its very definitiveness.Letter to Mr. B (1831)
And as, in ethics, Evil is a consequence of Good, so, in fact, out of Joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are, have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.Berenice (1835)
To observe attentively is to remember distinctly.The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)
Man is an animal that diddles, and there is no animal that diddles but man.Raising the Wind in Saturday Courier (October 14, 1843)
How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings!Marginalia (November 1844)
A poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul.The Poetic Principle (1850)
Beauty is the sole legitimate province of the poem.The Philosophy of Composition (1846)
Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.Marginalia (November 1844)
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