Edgar Allan Poe ©2001 Spencer Walts


from Rosebud 19
©1995 Carl Posey & Roger Langridge

 

EDGAR ALLAN POE

Edgar Allan Poe, one of America’s greatest writers, was the orphaned son of itinerant actors, and led a tumultuous adolescence of drink and gambling, which resulted in the failure of both his university and military careers. Throughout his life he was plagued by poverty, poor health, insecurity, and depression, much by his own doing and a result of his continuing problems with alcohol. He struggled unsuccessfully as a writer until winning a short story contest in 1833. Poe’s subsequent writing ranged from his rigorously metrical poetry to short stories, from journalism and distinguished literary criticism to the pseudo-scientific essays of Eureka. Today he is generally acknowledged as the inventor of both the gothic short story and the detective story, a pioneer of early science fiction and the founding father of the horror genre. He rightfully occupies the first volume in the Graphic Classics series, and his stories are also adapted in Poe’s Tales of Mystery, Horror Classics and Gothic Classics. A short Poe biography illustrated by Roger Langridge appears in Rosebud #19.


Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe

(fourth edition)
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Poe's Tales of Mystery:
Graphic Classics Volume 21

144 pages, color, $15

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Horror Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 10

144 pages, b&w, $10

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Gothic Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 14

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Rosebud Issue #19
136 pages, $7

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You can find original text of the stories by Edgar Allan Poe adapted in Graphic Classics on our e-texts page.