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        Art of the Short Story | Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

        Learn about the rise of mass media and the popularity of the short story in this video from the American Masters film Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive. Poe wrote more than seventy short stories and created his own set of rules for the genre. He is also credited as one of the first literary critics of American literature and the creator of detective fiction. Engage students with discussion questions, teaching tips, and a handout for the study of Poe’s opening sentences, his way of grabbing the attention of readers.

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        The Rise of Mass Media

        Clip from American Masters film Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive explaining the impact of the rise of mass media in the 19th century.

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        Rules for a Short Story

        Clip from American Masters film Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive explaining Poe's rules for writing a short story, especially the importance of the first line.

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