Edgar Allan Poe: Vulgar and Insane

‘Self-indulgent, vulgar, borderline insane—Edgar Allan Poe was the most influential American author of the 19th century’ – thus begins a recent discussion of Poe’s literary merit. In the recent survey of MA/potential MA students Poe was identified as one of the most popular modern authors so I am posting a link to this provocative article. Because of the impending film The Raven there will be a lot about Poe in the literary press for the next month or so.