Cosmopolitan Poe: An Introduction
The work and life of Edgar Allan Poe maintain an international presence shared by few if any of his compatriots. Consider the near worldwide commemoration of Poe's recent bicentennial in 2009. Thousands of scholars, readers, and Poe aficionados celebrated Poe's birth across Europe, Asia, and the Americas throughout the entire year in a convincing tribute to Poe's continued popular and literary potency, his cosmopolitan presence, and the increasingly global nature of his appeal and influence. Analyzing Poe's international connections is certainly nothing new, but as Lois Davis Vines suggests in her introduction to Poe Abroad: Influence, Reputation, Affinities, any study of Poe's influence abroad begs another study.