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Edgar Allan Poe is a man who is considered to be a true American genius of our time After reading one of his works in class I realized that his mysterious style of writing appealed to me His works have been collected and celebrated for over a hundred years from this day He was a man whose dreary horror tales captured and frightened the minds of millions Poe differed from most other acclaimed writers The readers of his work do not admire him because they fall in love with his characters or because his writing touches their hearts On the contrary his readers admire him because he managed to change reality for them Edgar Allan Poes skill was developed in his subject matter of death and its horrid truths Poes tales centered away from the life of a man and towards the effects of death on a man whether it be his own or that of another Poe was adept at creating an atmosphere of suspense and the minimum use of words and dramatic effects Although many critics have different views on Poes writing style I think that Harold Bloom summed it up best when he said Poe has an uncanny talent for exposing our common nightmares and hysteria lurking beneath our carefully structured lives Bloom 7 Poe was born in Boston on January 19 1809 Poes father abandoned the family shortly before his mothers death which was December 8 1811 John Allen a wealthy tobacco merchant in Richmond brought Poe into the family at his wifes request and gave him the middle name Allen as a baptismal name though he never formally adopted him Allens treatment toward Poe is not exactly known we know that Allen never treated Poe with sensitivity In 1815 the Allen family moved to England on business There Poe entered the Manor-House School in Stoke-Newington a London suburb He was taught the gothic architecture and historical landscape of the
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