Edgar Allan Poe 1809 - 1849, The most recognized name in poetry and one of the grandest of men in literature. American author, poet, literary critic, essential to the Romantic Movement, and best known for talks of mystery and the macabre. The Father of detective fiction, Poe contributed to the genre of science fiction, was a master poet, and the first American writer to earn a living through writing alone, which was a challenge and a hardship but a necessity for this genius who had spectacular messages and the brilliance to put pen to them. The Mystery Writers of America honor him by the annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in literature. Here is a stanza from Poe's short story "Eleonora", first published in 1842, thought to be autobiographical for Poe. It has a relatively happy ending, which has to do more with the boundless, beyond the grave, power of love than with life itself. It is a deeply romantic, passionate lyrical prose that takes place in a "Valley of Many-Colored Grass" with flowers and a "river of silence”.
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