Failing as an officer's cadet at West Point did not slow down or deter Poe as he soon bounced back to embarked on the next phase of his life as a writer. Publishing an anonymous collection of poems was literally the start of something special for Edgar Allan Poe. Poems such as the Tamerlane were released by 1827 unaccredited. The poem entitled "a Bostonian" is the only poem Poe was accredited to at that time.
Poe was accredited as the inventor of detective style fiction which elevated him into the literary spotlight. The exciting emergence of science fiction was another genre that Poe contributed and drew inspiration from. He was one of the first authors to be noted in history as a "struggling writer". Poe paved the way for the writing profession and in the process left a long lasting mark. His work received literary acclaim for his signature literary criticism style. Writing for literary periodicals and literary journeys gave Poe's work direction and focus.
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"'Thou Art the Man'," states Queen, "is definitely a detective story and an important one historically. It contains the first use of the least-likely-person device; the first fictional instance of the laying of a false trail by the real criminal; the first use of psychological third degree to extract a confession and the first foreshadowing of the ballistics method of bullet identification. Also, another first, the detective is the anonymous narrator himself." So here it is on exhibit! As is its first appearance in bookform in Volume II of , New York: J. S. Redfield, 1850.
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Its contents were put to two last practical uses in the year 1934: the Scribner Bookstore's catalogue no. 98, of Detective Fiction, an annotated list of 378 items (I had made some additions after disposing of my collection) with an index not only of authors but of detectives; and an essay on 'Collecting Detective Fiction' in a symposium entitled , which was inspired and published by Michael Sadleir and which we intended as a sort of manifesto against bibliophily and all the other dead wood of the 1920s.
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True literature, meanwhile, should celebrate beauty for its own sake and not be burdened with the sort of purposefulness one might find in a Sunday morning sermon. Here, Poe both echoes Nathaniel Hawthorne—who famously complained of those inclined "relentlessly to impale the story with its moral, as with an iron rod"—and pokes fun at his Puritan sensibilities: "I see no reason, then, why our metaphysical poets should plume themselves so much on the utility of their works, unless indeed they refer to instruction with eternity in view; in which case, sincere respect for their piety would not allow me to express contempt for their judgment … "
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When, therefore, I went to work in the rare book business—where, if you are only a hired hand, it is impracticable to be a collector of anything the customers might want—I exchanged my adolescent enthusiasm for early editions of the Latin classics and for modern fine printing (favorite field for neophytes) for this then seemingly remote hunting-ground. Poe, of course, was collected by the Americans, as a star in their literary firmament. H. W. Bell and presumably a few other sufferers from Sherlockholmitis were collecting Conan Doyle. But in those dear, distant days the average bibliophile (let alone the averagely contemptuous layman) would have reckoned virtually certifiable a man who was found combing Foyles and the sixpenny boxes for first editions of 'Lawrence L. Lynch', T. W. Speight, Fergus Hume, B. L. Farjeon, 'Dick Donovan', George R. Sims, J. S. Fletcher, Headon Hill, Arthur Morrison, M. McDonnell Bodkin; first English (if nothing better) editions of the Americans Anna Katherine Green and Allan Pinkerton, the Frenchmen Gaboriau and du Boisgobey. ( there any German or Italian detective stories?) As for those incunabular figures, 'Waters', 'Charles Martel', Andrew Forrester Jr. and the other prolific writers of the (mostly yellow-back) in the 1850s and 1860s, I don't know that even Michael Sadleir had thought enough of them to do more than penetrate their pseudonyms.
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Over the years, Poe also argued that the short story was the supreme form in fiction, meant to be tightly constructed and convey a single, unified impression. In Poe's case, that impression was most often fear, foreboding, and dread, as evidenced in short stories like "The Cask of Amontillado" (1846), which describes an excruciatingly slow plan of revenge. And for such unified impressions to take hold, brevity—a term Poe calculated to mean a work that took no longer than ninety minutes to read—was crucial. "As the novel cannot be read at one sitting," he wrote in 1842 in an admiring review of a Hawthorne collection, "it cannot avail itself of the immense benefit of totality. Worldly interests, intervening during the pauses of perusals, modify, counteract and annul the impressions intended."