Posts tagged edgar allan poe

"To write a short story, you have to be able to stay up all night."

Lorrie Moore (via theparisreview)

Haha, I like this take on Poe’s definition of a short story: that it must be able to be read in one sitting (from The Philosophy of Composition, 1846).

Me: Did you know that the Ravens are called so bc Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore? Never have our interests collided in such a way.

The Square: Lol. I did know that. And, I love Edgar Allan Poe

Me: Omg. Let’s get married.

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How long do you consider a short story to be? Whenever I try to write one, it always ends up being more than 10 pages. >.<

Edgar Allan Poe said that a short story is one that can be read in “the limit of a single sitting”. That’s the definition I usually go with!

Here’s his complete essay, The Philosophy of Composition, where he says that. He makes some other pretty interesting points too. Poe’s a bamf.

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The Raven

This looks pretty hokey, and John Cusack’s sort of a funny casting choice (aside from his looks, I guess), buuuut as a huge Poe fan I’ll probably still go see it.

It’s actually also a pretty clever way to put a bunch of Poe’s stories—which I find pretty cinematic—into a compelling feature-length film. See if you can spot the dancehall scenes from the Masque of the Red Death! Ooooh I love that one!

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