By Beatriz González Moreno, Margarita Rigal Aragón
This day Edgar Allan Poe is a well known and extremely popular writer. whilst, 100 years in the past (1909), a gaggle of Poe buddies, lovers and students obtained jointly on the collage of Virginia to commemorate Poe’s start centenary, that they had to take action for you to adjust the continual misstatements of his previous biographers, and to right the unsettled judgment of his literary rank.
Now, in 2009, many Poe enthusiasts and students are accumulating jointly once again to honour Poe at the moment centenary of his beginning. sorts of occasions (theatrical and musical performances, e-book auctions, etc.) and educational meetings were celebrated on each side of the Atlantic, acclaiming Poe’s literary rank back. This quantity brings jointly quite a lot of students with diversified severe methods and succeeds in laying off new mild on E. A. Poe at the social gathering of his Bicentenary. The ebook is geared up into 3 primary sections; the 1st half makes a speciality of the reception of Poe in nice Britain, France, and Spain; the second one revisits a few of Poe’s major legacies, resembling his tales of detection, the Gothic, and technology Fiction; and the 3rd bargains with the classy caliber of his narratives and likewise deals an research of his paintings integrating textual content Linguistics in the broader learn of social discourses.
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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.
A detailed study of the inﬂuence the Blackwood’s authors exerted on Dickens can be found in Sucksmith, “The Secret”. For a speciﬁc comparison between Dickens and Warren, see pp. 149–150. This author has also demonstrated, in his book The Narrative Art, chapter 3, the full extent of that inﬂuence in later works by Dickens, such as Oliver Twist, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, etc. Numerous paragraphs from these works are examined along with Dickens’s manuscripts, which clearly show the author’s intention to create a realistic style akin to Blackwood’s tales of terror: “Since Dickens published his ﬁrst work of ﬁction in December 1833, we may conclude that the realistic Blackwood tale of terror, which was making an impact on him just eleven months later (when he had published only the ﬁrst ten of the ﬁfty-six pieces that were to make up Sketches by Boz), was one of the earliest inﬂuences on his career and may well have been decisive in indicating an important direction his narrative art was to take” (79).
Another small biographical detail could be added in this respect. When Dickens toured the United States for a second time, in 1868, giving public readings of his work, Poe had been dead for nineteen years. 28 In short, all these pieces of evidence prove that the relationship between Poe and Dickens, although not completely free from conﬂicts, misunderstanding and personal obsessions, was also a relation of affection, respect and admiration, particularly on the part of the American writer. With hindsight, 20 Fernando Galván it now seems a pity that Dickens, who was so busy writing his long novels, pouring out his copious journalism, and conducting such an exciting public life, full of travels and events, did not have time to spare for one of his ﬁrst, most perceptive and greatest admirers in America.