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What Do You Think?

April 08, 2010

The question posted Monday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Have you ever read anything by Edgar Allan Poe, whose works are the subject of this year's Big Read?

Poll results:

Yes: 541 votes (74 percent)

No: 194 votes (26 percent)




"I read his 'poetry' when I was graded on it in high school. His writings are pretty dark."

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"I have read most of his writings, from 'The Tell-Tale Heart" to 'The Raven.' ... I believe many of his writings have prompted much of the science fiction stories of the day. He used animals like the black cat and raven, which symbolized fear from the Dark Ages of witchcraft beliefs, to keep the readers on the edge of their seats."

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"Poe is actually one of my favorite short story writers. 'The Gold-Bug' was one that I actually love, but sadly, doesn't get enough emphasis in the in-school overviews. I will give credit to my fifth-grade teacher for having this one in our selections. I also enjoyed 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Cask of Amontillado.' If you ever get the chance to check out the classic Vincent Price movies based on Poe's stories, I'd recommend them. Great depictions."

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"His death was quite interesting. Disturbing, mysterious and odd, just like his stories."

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"A dark and brooding writer who could be seen as the originator of a whole genre of fiction - Edgar Allen Poe."

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"I am truly stunned that there were some no answers. In addition to having read 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' 'The Raven' and several others, my absolute favorite of his is the poem 'Annabel Lee.'"

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"I am really impressed that this many have even heard of Edgar Allen Poe, let alone have read anything he has ever written."

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