Edgar Allan Poe was a poet, short
story writer, editor, and critic. Credited by many scholars as the inventor of the
detective genre in fiction, he was a master at using elements of mystery,
psychological terror, and the macabre in his writing. His most famous poem, "The
Raven" (1845), combines his penchant for suspense with some of the most famous lines
in American poetry. While editor of the Richmond-based Southern Literary Messenger, Poe carved out a
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