Sometimes the greatest stories are the ones left unsaid. In this, one could assume I am not talking about a hidden gem in the literary world, but about one of the greatest and misunderstood horror writers of the 19th century, Edgar Allan Poe. In his public persona many people would only grasp the basic story with Poe, but through 2 of his stories he will show so much more about himself. The stories mentioned are: "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado." Through this you can see Poe in a light brighter than those portrayed.
Every tale has a beginning, and with Poe, it’s usually going to be a tragic one. We start in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1809, and as he is born Poe’s father leaves the family, following soon after his mother at the age of three ("Edgar Allan Poe Biography."). Separated from his siblings, and sent away to live with adoptive parents: John and Frances Allan in Richmond, Virginia. His family well off due to his father being a successful tobacco salesman, so he didn’t necessarily need to worry about money. Though he and his mother got along, compared to his father not so much. Mainly, because while his father wanted him to be his heir, he wanted the life of a poe...
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...of putting it nettled the writing community to no end, but the reason why it was important to say this was best said by Fonzo himself:
We, writers and readers of the early twenty-first century, who wish to tear down the facade of pretense and the fissures of groupthink that still p h a racterize our own corrupted literary milieu, MUST recognize the similar failures of our academics and canon-builders to heed truth in criticism, especially in criticism that is directed towards them. We do not have to ignore past authors in order to ignore the canons into which they are placed by scholars.
Basically he’s saying what I stated earlier that writers need to be remembered by what they write not the scholars who backed up their writing’s. Given the amount of context I’ve given into Poe’s past and place in the literary world I will show you how this effected his past works.
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