Poe Arts Festival

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Poe’s Literary Achievements

When the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site was established by Congress in 1978, it was justified by the following list of Poe’s literary achievements:

Modern detective story

He was the inventor of the modern detective story.

Arthur Conan Doyle, who often credited Poe for inspiring his creation of Sherlock Holmes, said 

“where was the mystery before Poe breathed the breath of life into it?”


Sci-fi

He pioneered science-fiction.

Horror

He mastered the horror story.

The first

Poe was America’s first serious full-time literary critic
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