Edgar Allan Poe

  • Born: (Boston, Massachusetts, United States) as Edgar Poe
  • Died: (Baltimore, Maryland, United States)

American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.

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