Due to how Edgar Allan Poe 's life experiences influenced his writing, he completely changed the way in which gothic authors wrote literature. Edgar Allan Poe 's early childhood was completely turned upside down when his parents passed away when he was at the age of three and he was subsequently separated from his siblings. Poe was forced to move into the home of a wealthy family whose vast fortune came from growing tobacco. Poe had always wished to become an author even though his new guardians wanted him to follow in their footsteps....
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Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King are both gothic authors that explore similar elements of the genre. One can see many similarities between the two author’s style including concepts such as horror, mystery, and revenge, though each author is able to keep their individual touches. During his time, Poe innovated the genre by being one of the first to write mystery and crime stories. Poe was heavily influenced by the tragic events that occurred in his life including losing his parents, being separated from his siblings, losing his wife, suffering from poverty, and being addicted to alcohol. Unlike Poe, King experienced less tragedy throughout his life and took much influence from the works of Poe and other great authors. Without the works of Poe, Stephen King works would have never been the same and possibly would have not been written.
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