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A Descent into Edgar Allan Poe and His Works: The Bicentennial

Edited By Beatriz González Moreno and Margarita Rigal Aragón

Today Edgar Allan Poe is a well-known and highly regarded author. When, a hundred years ago (1909), a group of Poe acquaintances, fans and scholars got together at the University of Virginia to commemorate Poe’s birth centenary, they had to do so in order to modify the persistent misstatements of his earlier biographers, and to correct the unsettled judgment of his literary rank.
Now, in 2009, many Poe fans and scholars are gathering together once more to honour Poe on the second centenary of his birth. Different types of events (theatrical and musical performances, book auctions, etc.) and academic conferences have been celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, acclaiming Poe’s literary rank again. This volume brings together a wide range of scholars with varied critical approaches and succeeds in shedding new light on E. A. Poe on the occasion of his Bicentenary. The book is organized into three principal sections; the first part focuses on the reception of Poe in Great Britain, France, and Spain; the second revisits some of Poe’s main legacies, such as his stories of detection, the Gothic, and Science Fiction; and the third deals with the aesthetic quality of his narratives and also offers an analysis of his work integrating Text Linguistics within the broader study of social discourses.


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Ángel Mateos-Aparicio Martín-Albo “The Horrors Are Not To Be Denied”: The Infl uence of Edgar A. Poe on Ray Bradbury 79


“The Horrors Are Not To Be Denied”: The Infl uence of Edgar A. Poe on Ray Bradbury ÁNGEL MATEOS-APARICIO MARTÍN-ALBO UNIVERSITY OF CASTILLA-LA MANCHA The micro-arsenic-dose swallowed here prepares you not to be poisoned and destroyed up ahead. Work in the midst of life is that dosage. To manipulate life, toss the bright-colored orbs up to mix with the dark ones, blending a variation of truths. We use the grand and beautiful facts of existence in order to put up with the horrors that affl ict us directly in our families and friends, or through newspapers and TV. The horrors are not to be denied. Who amongst us has not had a cancer-dead friend? Which family exists where some relative has not been killed or maimed by the automobile? I know of none. […] The list is endless and crushing if we do not creatively oppose it. Which means writing as cure. Not completely, of course. You never get over your parents in the hospital or your best love in the grave. I won’t use the word “therapy,” it’s too clean, too sterile a word. I only say when death slows others, you must leap to set up your diving board and dive ahead into your typewriter. The poets and artists of other years, long past, knew all and everything I have said here. […] Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing. The infl uence of Edgar Allan Poe (Boston, 1809–Baltimore, 1849) on Ray Bradbury (Waukegan, Illinois, 1920–) is...

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