25 Little Known Facts About Edgar Allan Poe; The Master Of Horror

It would be hard to find a literature fan anywhere in the world who wouldn’t know Edgar Allan Poe. Considered an important part of the American Romantic Movement, Poe was a great author, poet, editor, and literary critic. The most common reference to this amazing artist, however, is “The Master of Horror“. Poe is even regarded as the founder of a specific literature genre called detective fiction. His short stories are popular especially on Halloween when people retell them at night. Poe, who died exactly 165 years ago on October 7, 1849, simply created his own world, based on human fears and terrors and this world seems to amaze and attract millions of readers from all over the world. To learn more about this unique author, check out these 25 little known facts.


Poe had a very keen interest in cryptography and tried to popularize this field. This is obvious in his work “The Gold Bug“ where he incorporated ciphers as an essential part of the story.

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In 2009, one of the 12 survived copies of Poe's first book “Tamerlane and Other Poems“ was sold at Christie's for $662,500, a record price paid for a work of American literature.

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Poe is believed to have never signed anything "Edgar Allan Poe." Since the name “Allan“ came from the foster father he didn't get along with, he therefore signed documents with “Edgar A. Poe“, or “E. A. Poe“.

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Written in 1841, his "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" short story has been considered the first modern detective story. Mr. Dupin, the fictional detective of the story, has served as a model for many subsequent fictional detectives including Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.

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Between 1837 and 1844, Poe lived in several houses in Philadelphia, one of which is still preserved as a National Historic Site, accessible to the public. It was in this house where he wrote some his most famous works including “The Black Cat“. The house´s spooky cellar even resembles the one described in the story.

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