Saturday, January 19, 2013
Quoth the Raven, "Happy Birthday!"
Today is Edgar Allan Poe's birthday -- he was born 204 years ago on January 19, 1809. A master of mystery and the macabre, he is credited with inventing the detective fiction genre as well as being a pioneer of science fiction. Who hasn't read and enjoyed his famous stories like "The Tell-tale Heart," "The Purloined Letter" and "The Murder in the Rue Morgue"?
Poe struggled to earn a living as a writer and literary critic. He had lots of enemies and detractors. In 1845 he enjoyed his greatest popularity when his poem "The Raven" was published. Where did that inspiration come from?
In 1849 at the age of 40, Poe died tragically young from disputed causes -- was it alcoholism, cholera, heart disease, syphilis, rabies? We'll never know for sure. But after death, he eventually achieved the great success and fame which had eluded him during life. Poe is now justifiably placed in the pantheon of greatest American writers.
And hey, all you Poe fans, be sure to come back tomorrow for a special giveaway!