|Edgar Allan Poe was to have the greatest
impact on the development of American literature than any other single
writer. He created the "detective story" and what he called the
"ideal short-story." His poetry anticipated the "Symbolist Movement"
which looked to his works as its anchor, and selected poems reflect the
"Surrealist Movement," ushering in the whole "arts-for-arts-sake movement
in America two generations before it evolved in European Romanticism.
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