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Edgar Allan Poe

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Overview

Author

Edgar Allan Poe

Years Published

1838–45

Type

Short Stories

Genre

Fiction, Horror, Romance

At a Glance

Edgar Allan Poe's short stories vary wildly in their subjects and depictions, but all seem to be linked through his Gothic, romantic style of writing. The stories also cover distinct themes regarding death, the supernatural, and the mysterious. Tying all of these together is the overarching theme of human frailty. "Ligeia," "Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Black Cat," "The Purloined Letter," and "Eleonora" all demonstrate different facets of Poe's short story writing abilities. They contain a wealth of imagery and symbolism for the reader to puzzle out.

Perspective and Narrator

Poe often relies on the perspective of an unnamed narrator who tells a story that happened in the past.

Tense

Poe often shifts between the past and present tenses, with a narrator beginning a story in the present in order to describe events that happened in the past.

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