MWSA Interview with Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.[1] He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.
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MWSA: How did you find out about MWSA?

Edgar Allan Poe: Well, to tell you the truth, MWSA wasn't created until well after my death in 1849. Let's just say that I heard about MWSA from this Raven and decided to join your wonderful organization as soon as I could.

MWSA: Why did you become interested in writing?

Edgar Allan Poe: I first started writing (under a pseudonym Henri Le Rennet) while living in Boston.  I mostly wrote articles for a local newspaper. However, I must admit that my earliest attempts at writing didn't go too well, so I decided to join the Army in 1827.  I didn't like that job very much, so I figured I better start upping my writing game.

My experience in the US military and my interest in writing is what first made me consider joining MWSA.  They are uniquely qualified to help out authors like me, who have a connection with the military.

MWSA: You often write about disturbing subjects such as murder, revenge, torture, the plague, being buried alive, and insanity.  Why is that?

Edgar Allan Poe: That's a difficult question to answer.   Perhaps it's because I often write during dreary midnight hours-- and often while I'm pondering weak and weary.  I guess that has tended to make my writing a bit dark.

MWSA: Is there any significance to the title of your third volume of poetry?

Edgar Allan Poe: Well, since I went out on a limb and titled that collection "Poems," I guess you could say that there isn't a whole lot of significance.

MWSA: What writing projects are you considering now?

Edgar Allan Poe: I think I mentioned the fact that I'm dead; so most of my projects are already done.

MWSA: Do you have any suggestions for our current MWSA authors?

Edgar Allan Poe: Other than writing as often as they can, and that they consider hiring a talented editor, I'd suggest that they take the time to create an MWSA interview so that it can be posted to this website.  That way, they'll be able to get the word out about who they are and what writing projects they're considering.