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Edgar Allan Poe

1809 - 1849

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Edgar Allan Poe (; né Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States, and of American literature. He was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story, and considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre, as well as a significant contributor to the emerging genre of science fiction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edgar Allan Poe has received more than 17,292,668 page views. His biography is available in 135 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 132 in 2019). Edgar Allan Poe is the 9th most popular writer (up from 12th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from United States (up from 6th in 2019) and the most popular American Writer.

Edgar Allan Poe is most famous for his poem "The Raven" and for writing horror stories.

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Among writers, Edgar Allan Poe ranks 9 out of 5,755Before him are Dante Alighieri, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Hans Christian Andersen, and Voltaire. After him are Sophocles, Leo Tolstoy, Franz Kafka, Victor Hugo, Virgil, and Aesop.

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Among people born in 1809, Edgar Allan Poe ranks 2Before him is Charles Darwin. After him are Abraham Lincoln, Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Braille, Nikolai Gogol, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Bruno Bauer, Albert Pike, William Ewart Gladstone, and Joseph Liouville. Among people deceased in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe ranks 2Before him is Frédéric Chopin. After him are James K. Polk, Hokusai, Johann Strauss I, Muhammad Ali of Egypt, William II of the Netherlands, Anne Brontë, Charles Albert of Sardinia, Sándor Petőfi, Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, and Heonjong of Joseon.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Edgar Allan Poe ranks 5 out of 18,182Before him are Thomas Edison (1847), Thomas Jefferson (1743), Muhammad Ali (1942), and Jimmy Carter (1924). After him are Steve Jobs (1955), Abraham Lincoln (1809), Marilyn Monroe (1926), Neil Armstrong (1930), Sylvester Stallone (1946), Grace Kelly (1929), and Ulysses S. Grant (1822).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Edgar Allan Poe ranks 1After him are Ernest Hemingway (1899), Mark Twain (1835), F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896), Jack London (1876), Robert Frost (1874), Toni Morrison (1931), Stephen King (1947), Henry David Thoreau (1817), H. P. Lovecraft (1890), Dr. Seuss (1904), and William Faulkner (1897).