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Poe, Hawthorne, Melville and the American Renaissance


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In American literature, the American Renaissance was the mid-19th century, and especially the period roughly from 1850 to 1855, during which many of the works most widely considered American masterpieces were produced.  Writers such as Poe, Melville and Hawthorne wrote mystery stories during this period.  For more detailed information, see Mike Grost's page.

Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's writings were influential on later writers of mysteries, science fiction and horror.  He is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre.

The Purloined Letter - Short story - 4th story in collection
also the 3rd story in this collection.

The Facts in the Strange case of M. Valdemar - Short story - 5th story in collection

The Oval Portrait - Short Story - 7th story - 6th story in collection

The Black Cat - Short Story - 8th story - 6th story in collection

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The Stillwater Tragedy - Novel

Charles Heber Clark (writing as Max Adeler)

A Desperate Adventure - Short Story - 5th story in collection

John Charles Dent

The Gerrard Street Mystery and Other Weird Tales - Short Story Collection


- Mike Grost's recommended reading

- A Hayworth-Queen Cornerstone

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