Today (18.01.2012) one of the greatest writers ever would turn 203 years if still alive... yes, I am talking about the brilliant and outstanding Edgar Allan Poe.
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the best known American writers, he earned immortality through his tales of mystery and the macabre. His writings are often connected with mystery, death, madness, returning form the grave, ghost etc. He also wrote detective stories combined with fiction. However, he is best know for gothic stories such as "The Raven" with the most famous quote from his works "Quoth the raven nevermore"
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His other famous works include "The Fall of The House of Usher", "Black Cat", "The Tell-Tale Heart" and many, many more. His characters are often mad, die or have near death experiences. His works are gloomy and dark.
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One of my favorite stories by Poe is "The Oval Portrait". It's is a short but very thought over story, which includes many elements within just few pages. It includes the most prominent elements in Edgar Allan Poes works such as unreliable narrator, death, supernatural forces and twists, in this case in a shape of a oval frame and tale within a tale, those all elements are used to play with the reader. The portrait itself is a neatly presented element which plays an important role in the story. The tale has double meanings and, as in other Poe’s writings, we can almost never be sure which one is the true one or if any is. The irony of this particular tale leads the reader to a conclusion that the supernatural elements used here are just an illusion.
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If you're interested in reading more about his works from a more academic point of view I really recommend a series of articles from Poe Studies (founded as Poe Newsletter in 1968, and issued as Poe Studies 1971-1985). You can easily access them as e-text versions of articles printed in selected volumes at The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
You can also find jewelry in memory to Edgar Allan Poe in my shop at MageStudio
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