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  • Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:23:14    Permalink

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Whether you think Edgar Allan Poes stories are expertly-crafted explorations of the dark side of human nature or morbid, overwrought melodramas, there is no doubt his work has had a tremendous impact on Western culture. Probably his most important contribution, apart from establishing the contemporary short story format and inventing the detective genre, is revitalizing the Gothic genre and pushing horror fiction in a more philosophically interesting direction. His stories are so enduring and influential because of the conceptual depth he added to generic tropes, redefining literature in the process. He accomplished this feat by perverting the Gothic.

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