"Edgar Allan Poe, James said, though a figure in his childhood, had not been 'personally present'"
Edgar Allan Poe (1848)
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 Edgar Allan Poe (1808-1849) was an American poet, short story writer and literary critic. He is particularly well-known for his Gothic horror stories such as 'The Fall of the House of Usher'.

Other stories by Poe, such as 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', are considered to be the earliest examples of English-language detective fiction.

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