Poe on Mars

Published:October 12, 2009 by Brendan Wolfe

Last week, on October 7, was the 160th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe‘s death. Meanwhile, the critic Allen Barra wonders if Poe really matters anymore:

Though he is still widely praised by most critics and his work still included in many anthologies, Poe may be fading into that twilight realm, indeed as he was as early as 1950 in Ray Bradbury’s story, “The Exiles,” where he is languishing on Mars with Shakespeare and Dickens, among others, as people back on Earth burn their books.

This is a great way to start a fight with writers: Does genre writing matter? Are you important just because you’ve influenced Stephen King?