Many think that Edgar Allan Poe wrote only short stories and poems dealing with horror and the macabre. However, his range of work was remarkably diverse - perhaps the widest diversity of any American author and poet. Besides his creative works he was the first significant American literary critic. His writings include the world’s first detective stories, the first science fiction, great works of pure humor and enchanting adventure stories. He was the first American author to earn his living strictly from his creative writing. This talk by Mike Rucker will briefly touch on all aspects of Poe’s work.