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Always remembered for his horror and ghastly stories, almost each tale that this exceptional writer has penned is inspired by true-life events. His first tale of horror, ‘Berenice’ speaks of a man who goes to great lengths to extract his dead wife’s teeth, even if it means digging up her grave. As if that isn’t gory enough, the man’s obsession eats into his consciousness and he fails to hear the screams of his wife, who isn’t really dead, but has been wrongly buried alive. Critics suggest that this short story might have been based on a real incident. In 1833, Poe read a news article in the ‘Baltimore Saturday Visiter’ about a couple of thugs who were arrested for stealing the teeth from buried corpses so that they could sell it to denture-makers. In 1835, this genius of a writer got ‘Berenice’ published and admitted to the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, that the story “originated in a bet that I could produce nothing effective on a subject so singular, provided I treated it seriously…”

Similarly, another literary creation by this great writer, ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget’, claimed to have solved the otherwise true-life open case of the murder of Mary Cecilia Rogers. Though there was no dearth of suspects, the cops were left wanting of sufficient evidence to arrest any of them. As and when the police investigations revealed new clues, Edgar tweaked his story, so that he could give his suggestions on an appropriate method of investigation to find the killer.

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.

- Edgar Allan Poe

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

- Edgar Allan Poe

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

- Edgar Allan Poe

I became insane, with long intervals oft sanity.

- Edgar Allan Poe

I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.

- Edgar Allan Poe

I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect - in terror.

- Edgar Allan Poe

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.

- Edgar Allan Poe

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.

- The Poetic Principle , Edgar Allan Poe

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.

- Edgar Allan Poe

In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.

- Edgar Allan Poe

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.

- Edgar Allan Poe

It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial.

- Edgar Allan Poe

It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.

- The Murders in the Rue Morgue , Edgar Allan Poe

Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.

- Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

- Edgar Allan Poe

Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

- Edgar Allan Poe

We loved with a love that was more than love.

- Edgar Allan Poe

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