Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 October 7, 1849)
was an American poet, short story writer, editor and
critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantics.
He is best known for his tales of the macabre and his
poems, as well as being one of the early practitioners
of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction,
as well as crime fiction in the United States. He is
also often credited with inventing the gothic fiction
story. Poe died at the age of 40, the cause of his death
a final mystery. His exact burial location is also a
source of controversy.
Austen (December 16, 1775 July 18, 1817) was an English
novelist whose work is considered part of the Western canon.
Her insights into women's lives and her mastery of form and
irony have made her arguably the most noted and influential
novelist from her era (though she was only moderately successful
during her lifetime).