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By Beatriz González Moreno, Margarita Rigal Aragón

This present day Edgar Allan Poe is a well known and extremely popular writer. whilst, 100 years in the past (1909), a bunch of Poe buddies, lovers and students bought jointly on the college of Virginia to commemorate Poe’s start centenary, that they had to take action that allows you to adjust the continual misstatements of his prior biographers, and to right the unsettled judgment of his literary rank.
Now, in 2009, many Poe fanatics and students are amassing jointly once again to honour Poe at the moment centenary of his beginning. forms of occasions (theatrical and musical performances, booklet auctions, etc.) and educational meetings were celebrated on either side of the Atlantic, acclaiming Poe’s literary rank back. This quantity brings jointly a variety of students with different serious methods and succeeds in laying off new mild on E. A. Poe at the get together of his Bicentenary. The ebook is prepared into 3 important sections; the 1st half specializes in the reception of Poe in nice Britain, France, and Spain; the second one revisits a few of Poe’s major legacies, equivalent to his tales of detection, the Gothic, and technological know-how Fiction; and the 3rd bargains with the cultured caliber of his narratives and likewise deals an research of his paintings integrating textual content Linguistics in the broader examine of social discourses.

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We just have to look at the first years of the Sevillian writer to see how they resemble the life of Poe: whereas the American author became an orphan at three and then adopted by a young and prosperous couple from Richmond, Bécquer lost his parents when he was nine and was left to the care of his godmother. If we go on to unveil the life stories of each of them, we can see how they both tried to earn a living on their own writings after having left behind their respective adoptive families; once Poe realized that he had been tricked by his new father when this broke his promise of paying for his university studies, he quit Charlottesville to live in Baltimore with his aunt Maria Clemn.

4 Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire: The Artist as the Elite Victim 27 In a letter to Mrs. Clemm in which he fears losing Virginia, he expresses his devastation: I am blinded with tears while writing this letter – I have no wish to live another hour […] My bitterest enemy would pity me could he now read my heart. 5 Both Poe and Baudelaire rebelled against leading political tendencies and against the rapid technological progress they witnessed. Though he was never politically active, in a nation dominated by Jacksonian democracy, Poe, who was never with the mainstream, wrote for a Whig magazine (Bloomfield 72).

Obviously, it is not intended here to state that he wrote his works only under Poe’s influence, since Bécquer kept literary ties to Hoffman, Heine, and Musset, among others. However, his poetry and his prose – on which we are going to focus when talking about Leyendas (1871) – reflect as very few literary works written in Spanish the reminiscences due to Poe. The study of the relationships between these two writers becomes more interesting if we consider the 36 Ricardo Marín-Ruiz importance they have in their respective literary contexts.

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