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Edgar Allan Poe

(1809—1849) American short-story writer, poet, and critic

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adventure Story

adventure Story  

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A loose but commonly accepted term for a kind of prose narrative addressed for the most part to boys, in which a hero or group of heroes engages in exotic and perilous exploration. It is a ...
Africa

Africa  

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(South of the Sahara)1. Oral LiteratureThe ‘Dark Continent’, the terra incognita of 18th‐ and 19th‐c. European explorers, invaders, and colonizers, was believed to have no indigenous culture. ...
Al Aaraaf

Al Aaraaf  

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Allegorical poem by Poe, published in Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems (1829) and revised in later printings.
Albert Samain

Albert Samain  

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(1858–1900).The acclaim which greeted the publication in 1893 of Au jardin de l'Infante made Samain one of the most popular French poets of the late 19th c. Heavily influenced ...
alibi

alibi  

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N. [from Latin: elsewhere]A defence to a criminal charge alleging that the defendant was not at the place at which the offence was committed at the time of its alleged commission and so could not ...
Amateur Detective

Amateur Detective  

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The first detective of the mystery genre was an amateur. In Edgar Allan Poe's story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841; in Graham's Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine, Apr. 1841) ...
Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce  

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(1842–?1914),American writer, served in the Civil War, 1861–5, and afterwards became a prominent journalist. He is best known for his short stories, realistic, sardonic, and strongly influenced by ...
Anna Cora Mowatt

Anna Cora Mowatt  

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[née(1819–70),American author and actress, mainly remembered for her social comedy Fashion (1845), considered to be one of the best of the early satires on American life. It was ...
Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee  

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Lyrical ballad by Poe, posthumously published in the New York Tribune (Oct. 9, 1849). In six stanzas of alternate four- and three-stress lines, the poem has been called “the culmination of Poe's ...
Aristocratic Characters

Aristocratic Characters  

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In crime and mystery fiction, aristocratic characters are most likely to be found in detective novels and stories that follow the Golden Age traditions, as well as in the adventure ...
Armchair Detective

Armchair Detective  

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Is a phrase that describes a type of fictional detective who solves crimes solely on the basis of secondhand information, rather than through personal observation of evidence. The first example ...
Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle  

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(1859–1930),is chiefly remembered for his creation of the amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, whose brilliant solutions to a wide variety of crimes began in A Study in Scarlet (1887) and continued ...
Assignation

Assignation  

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Story by Poe, published as The Visionary in Godey's Lady's Book (1834) and under its present title in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840). It contains the poem To One in Paradise.[...]
Auguste Villiers De L'isle-Adam

Auguste Villiers De L'isle-Adam  

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Comte de (1838–89)French novelist and dramatist. His best‐known work, the visionary drama Axël (1890; trans. 1925), which first appeared in symbolist reviews and which John Keats read in French ...
Balloon Hoax

Balloon Hoax  

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Story by Poe, published in the New York Sun (April 13, 1844) in the guise of an actual article of news. According to the author, the “jeu d'esprit… subserved the purpose of creating indigestible ...
Bells

Bells  

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Poem by Poe, published in 1849. The four irregular stanzas, of varied meter, depict onomatopoetically, by means of reiterated alliteration, assonance, and phonetic imitation, four ways in which the ...
Berenice

Berenice  

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Tale by Poe, published in the Southern Literary Messenger (1835) and reprinted in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840).Egaeus, gloomy and unhealthy, grows up with his cousin Berenice, who is ...
Black Cat

Black Cat  

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Story by Poe, published in 1843, collected in Tales (1845).A condemned murderer tells of his crime and its discovery. For years he cherished a pet black cat, Pluto, until intemperate drinking led him ...
C. Auguste Dupin

C. Auguste Dupin  

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Hero of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Purloined Letter,” and “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt,” and prototype of the intellectual amateur who is often the main character in the detective story.
canonization

canonization  

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In the RC Church the definitive sentence by which the Pope declares a particular dead person to have already entered into heavenly glory and ordains for the new ‘saint’ a public cult throughout the ...

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