Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Illustration: by Edouard Manet, for Poe’s The Raven, French edition of 1875 translated by Stephane Mallarme.

“While the New England dons primly turned the pages of Plato and Buddha beside a tea-cozy, and while Browning and Tennyson were creating a parochial fog for the English mind to relax in, Poe never lost contact with the terrible pathos of his time. Coevally with Baudelaire, and long before Conrad and Eliot, he explored the heart of darkness.”

Herbert Marshall McLuhan: Edgar Poe’s Tradition (1944)

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