Five Fascinating Facts about Edgar Allan Poe

A few interesting facts about one of my most favorite authors, Edgar Allen Poe. Read on …

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1. He was the first person to use the term ‘short story’. At least, Poe’s use of the term is the earliest that has yet been uncovered, from 1840 – nearly 40 years earlier than the current OED citation from 1877. This is fitting, given that Poe was a pioneer of the short story form. (We’ve offered our pick of Poe’s best stories here.) Poe wrote ‘I have written five-and-twenty short stories whose general character may be so briefly defined’ in his preface to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. This fact was discovered by Martin Greenup – see his ‘Poe and the First Use of the Term “Short Story”‘, Notes and Queries, 60.2 (2013), 251-254.

Poe12. Poe carried on writing even after he’d died. At least, if you believe the rather outlandish claim of Lizzie Doten, the psychic medium whose 1863 book, Poems from the Inner Life, included…

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6 Responses to Five Fascinating Facts about Edgar Allan Poe

  1. Nice Marie. Who knew?

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  2. 1WriteWay says:

    I read a lot of Poe, but there was a lot I did not know … about him. Sorry, I really wasn’t try to rhyme 😉

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  3. Wrote with a cat on his shoulder…I didn’t know that. 🙂 Thanks for the interesting facts, Marie!

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    • 1WriteWay says:

      You’re welcome, Jill. Did you read the comments on the original post? Apparently, there’s some debate over whether it was a Siamese cat 🙂 And, of course, some people are skeptical, but I have seen cats draped over their staff’s shoulders. When I was at the vet one day, a woman came in with her cat on her shoulder. She started saying how she had always wished for a cat that would do that, but this cat did it all the time so now she regretted her wish. The cat was so relaxed too. And I saw a YouTube video of a writer sitting down at his desk to write, when his cat comes up and makes itself comfortable on his shoulders. You could see that he didn’t want to shoo it away, but it did look awkward. I wonder if Poe found it a comfort or an annoyance.

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