A Descent into Edgar Allan Poe and His Works: The by Beatriz González Moreno, Margarita Rigal Aragón

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By Beatriz González Moreno, Margarita Rigal Aragón

This present day Edgar Allan Poe is a well known and very popular writer. whilst, 100 years in the past (1909), a gaggle of Poe pals, fanatics and students acquired jointly on the collage of Virginia to commemorate Poe’s start centenary, they'd to take action with the intention to regulate the continual misstatements of his prior biographers, and to right the unsettled judgment of his literary rank.
Now, in 2009, many Poe fanatics and students are collecting jointly once again to honour Poe at the moment centenary of his start. forms of occasions (theatrical and musical performances, ebook auctions, etc.) and educational meetings were celebrated on each side of the Atlantic, acclaiming Poe’s literary rank back. This quantity brings jointly a variety of students with diverse serious techniques and succeeds in laying off new gentle on E. A. Poe at the social gathering of his Bicentenary. The booklet is geared up into 3 vital sections; the 1st half makes a speciality of the reception of Poe in nice Britain, France, and Spain; the second one revisits a few of Poe’s major legacies, comparable to his tales of detection, the Gothic, and technological know-how Fiction; and the 3rd bargains with the classy caliber of his narratives and in addition bargains an research of his paintings integrating textual content Linguistics in the broader examine of social discourses.

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Even if his letter of 27 November 1842, quoted above, was very polite, Dickens could not help using the term “unknown writer” in reference to Poe, which evinces his real opinion about him and his merits. This description, however, must have offended the American writer, who was already well known in his country, where many of his tales had already been published in prestigious magazines, as well as in the two volumes of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, and had received a warm welcome from his countrymen.

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The scholar lays this argument on the basis of two clear parallelisms that can be established between them: on the one hand, they followed lives full of harsh experiences that were present in their respective works to a certain degree. On the other, both of them paid a great heed to death and the supernatural. Bécquer’s life story was as short as disgraceful. Like Poe, his existence was overshadowed by suffering and economic troubles. We just have to look at the first years of the Sevillian writer to see how they resemble the life of Poe: whereas the American author became an orphan at three and then adopted by a young and prosperous couple from Richmond, Bécquer lost his parents when he was nine and was left to the care of his godmother.

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