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Edgar Allan Poe

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(1809 – 1849)

Edgar Allan Poe was (1) an American poet, (2) a Spanish rock opera and (3) an band (E.A. Poe).

1) Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor and critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantics. He is best known for his tales of the and his poems, as well as being one of the early practitioners of the and a progenitor of detective fiction, as well as crime fiction in the United States. He is also often credited with inventing the fiction story. Poe died at the age of 40, the cause of his death was the final mystery. His exact burial location is also a source of controversy.

His legacy is abundant in modern pop culture. It is much alive in the city of Baltimore. Even though Poe spent less than two years there, he is now treated as a native son. In 1996, when NFL football arrived, the team took the name Baltimore Ravens, in honor of his best known poem. The team’s three “winged” mascots were named Edgar, Allan, and Poe. The television show Homicide: Life on the Street, set in Baltimore, made reference to Poe and his works in several episodes. Poe figured most prominently in an episode in which a Poe-obsessed killer walls up his victim in the basement of a house to imitate the grisly murder of Fortunado by Montressor in “The Cask of Amontillado”. In a disturbing scene near the end of the episode, the killer reads from the works of Poe as a dramatic effect to increase the tension.

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