Edgar Allan Poe

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…and just as appealing. There is no better summary of his life and work than the quotation from Francis Bacon, inscribed over the Poe Gate at West Point: "There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportions." Poe himself is indeed an exquisite beauty with his completely unconventional style and unorthodox techniques. This, combined with his strangeness, has made Poe what he is; the most influential and talented American author of all time.