Poe Arts Festival


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 with "Murders in the Rue

 Morgue” and “The Gold Bug”.

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?”


He pioneered science-fiction.  "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” a story about keeping a man alive through hypnosis. And "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfall” Are examples of this genre. 


He mastered the horror story. “The Tell-Tale Heart" is one of his most influential in the genre. He wrote it while living in Philadelphia. "The Cask of Amontillado” has been claimed to far into the horror category as well.

The first

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