Edgar Allan Poe Influence On Gothic Literature

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Horror has always been filled with monsters and the people they prey on. Ever wonder what inspired the things that raises the hair on the back of your neck? Well, people can give all the gratitude to Gothic literature. Gothic Literature is a mixture of fiction, death and sometimes romance. Many writers and their work has become well known in Gothic literature, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The most influential Gothic literature writer would be Edgar Allan Poe. One of Poe’s most famous works would be The Raven. “Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night 's Plutonian shore! “Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." (Poe) During his lifetime, Poe struggled with his literary career. It was not until after his death that he was recognized and appreciated for his work in the US and United Kingdom. He is now one of the most recognizable writers for Gothic literature. Edgar Alan Poe’s Gothic literature has influenced a lot of contemporary media including literature, film and television, and music.
Edgar Allan Poe’s work has inspired many writers of modern time such as Arthur
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Poe’s name was mention in one of the Beatles’ most famous songs, “I’m The Walrus”. The group also used his image on the album cover of their "Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album. (Zappia) Another musician that was inspired by Poe’s works was Lou Reed and his concept album titled, “The Raven”. The album consisted of interpretations of Poe’s tales and featured celebrities like Willem Defoe, Steve Buscemi, and David Bowie. (Robertson) Others that were influence by Poe were rock and metal groups like the Alan Parsons Project, The White Stripes, and Nox Arcana. Poe has been an inspiration for past and present generations, and hopefully an inspiration for the

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