It would be hard to find a literature fan anywhere in the world who wouldn’t know Edgar Allan Poe. Considered an important part of the American Romantic Movement, Poe was a great author, poet, editor, and literary critic. The most common reference to this amazing artist, however, is “The Master of Horror”. Poe is even regarded as the founder of a specific literature genre called detective fiction. His short stories are popular especially on Halloween when people retell them at night. Poe, who died exactly 165 years ago on October 7, 1849, simply created his own world, based on human fears and terrors and this world seems to amaze and attract millions of readers from all over the world. To learn more about this unique author, check out these 25 little known facts.
20. Poe had a very keen interest in cryptography and tried to popularize this field. This is obvious in his work “The Gold Bug” where he incorporated ciphers as an essential part of the story.
15. In 1835, Poe, at the age of 26, married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm. She died of tuberculosis in 1847 and her struggles with the illness and death are believed to influence PoeÂ´s work where dying young women appear as a frequent motif, as in “Annabel Lee”, “The Raven”, or “Ligeia”.
10. Poe invented the term “tintinnabulation” to describe the sound made by the ringing of bells. He first used this word in his poem “The Bells”.
5. Poe used several smart techniques to intensify the horror effect of his stories. One of them is “doubling” – when the same thing happens twice or when characters closely mimic each other. An illustrative example is in “The Fall of the House of Usher”, when the narrator reads a passage from a book and hears strange noises that correspond to the descriptions in the story.
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