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The Influence of Family and Friends on Poe
Over the course of Poe’s forty year stay on Earth, he was exposed early to several
key people who would have a profound impact on his writings. Though this idea in and of
itself is not uncommon in literature, for Poe it went far beyond being merely influenced.
Beginning at age 3 when he lost his
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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.