Gothic beginning: Edgar Allan Poe

Gothic beginning: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe reviewed by the author Martin Cid.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

When I was a child I discovered Poe and I used to think of him as a twin soul. He loved mathematics and poetry and his biography has several common points with mine. Yes, he played all his money when he was 18 and I would do it… but I hadn’t known that fact still. I discovered more and more and, when I became in this kind of weird writer I am now, I thought in Poe like one of the most influential authors in the History of Literature.

No, we hadn’t studied Poe’s poems at school and school books don’t talk any word about him but… when I took contact with other literary friends, we all shared this love for the Bostonian poet. Maybe we were young or maybe we were lost, but we all appreciated the old fashioned tastes and flavors of his words, the dark environment of his tales and this ambiguous characters trapped in his broken minds and dreams.

But Poe is much more than a writer of dark tales. He is the inventor of the detective fiction genre. 50 years before Conan Doyle gave us his main character, Sherlock Holmes, Poe regaled us his detective Auguste Dupin. Poe was a total poet too. When he was at the Army, he published his first poem book with a complex cosmology… Poe had begun to write Al Aaraaf when he was just 15!

Who was Poe in fact? We don’t know and this is a really special point for his actual fame. Poe’s death inspired me a book too. A secret inside a secret… three possible theories. Are the facts important when we are talking about a writer? Poe is a Romantic author, the inventor of many modern techniques in literature and he is one the most reviewed and influential authors not only of America but the world. Sartre was his first fan in Europe and the man who discovered Poe to the world. His translations made Poe’s figure more and more important and now, he’s maybe the most reported American author in Europe.


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Some of his detractors said that he wasn’t able to finish a good novel, and Arthur Gordon Pym is still an unfinished play. Are they right? The prose poetry of Poe… his poems and Eureka… his tales… they are still in the popular unconscious near two centuries after his death.

Today, I would like to remember this master of mystery and this master of words, a man with the precision of a surgeon, the strength of Titans and the fine, marvelous, eccentric, gothic, popular, elegant, cute, admirable, stylish, dark, splendid, traditional and unique pen of a literary giant.

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