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Part One: When it comes to American literature, I think the most defining quality is the essence of incorporating our nation. If you look at Edgar Allen Poe’s ability to take the gothic genre and expand on it. He was so inspirational he took this style and created new genres. I think that American writing is the ability to take other genres and expand upon them. It is the freedom to write and not fear the repercussions or government arresting the author. It all comes back to the freedom and liberties that all Americans have and especially is seen through authors ability to write.
Part One B: I think that writing today, shows American identity. The only problem I have is that I’m not inspired. I feel that writers of the past truly inspired me or touch on things relevant. Todays writings I’m not drawn to, I find must my joy in reading Edgar Allen Poe. He is known as the father of American writing, and that is who I enjoy reading the most.
Part Two: My favorite author was Edgar Allen Poe. I like that he is not the traditional success story and he had to overcome adversity. I also love how his writing reflects his character and many of his life experiences. It is honestly inspirational to see an individual refuse to fall victim to his circumstances and continue to write and inspire. The most unfortunate circumstance would be the losses he dealt with, be it personal or professional. Edgar Allen Poe is a true symbol for the American writer and will forever inspire me.