Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. During his lifetime he was best known for his poetry. Some of his poems that are still studied today are Annabel Lee, The Bells, Lenore, and The Raven. Today, The Raven may be his best known poem.
Mr. Poe is credited with being the
father of both Horror/Macabre fiction and the Mystery
genre. Three of his mysteries, The Purloined Letter, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, and Murders in the Rue Morgue are the first to have a police detective (C. Auguste Dupin) and to have a locked room mystery.
This time of year, we celebrate the
gothic, macabre, and horror aspects of his writings. Many of his stories
accurately depict the psychology of events and fears. Death was a
preoccupation of his time period. The most horrifying part of this
preoccupation was the fear of premature burial. Not only
did he write a story called the Premature Burial, but this same theme occurs in The Fall of the House of Usher.
The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.