work and his theory of "pure poetry" was early recognized especially in France, where he inspired Jules Verne, Charles Baudelaire
(1821-1867), Paul Valéry (1871-1945) and Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898). "In Edgar Poe," wrote Baudelaire, "there is no tiresome
snivelling; but everywhere and at all times an indefatigable enthusiasm in seeking the ideal." In America Emerson called him
"the jingle man." Poe's influence is seen in many other modern writers, as in Junichiro Tanizaki's early stories and Kobo
Abe's novels, or more clearly in the development of the19th century detective novel. J.L. Borges, R.L. Stevenson, and a vast
general readership, have been impressed by the stories which feature Poe's detective Dupin ('The Murders in the Rue Morgue',
1841; 'The Purloined Letter,' 1845) and the morbid metaphysical speculation of 'The Facts in the Case of M. Waldermar' (1845).
Thomas M. Disch has argued in his The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of (1998) that it was actually Poe who was the originator of
the modern science fiction. One of his tales, 'Mellonta Taunta' (1840) describes a future society, an anti-Utopia, in which
Poe satirizes his own times. Another tales in this vein are 'The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Sceherazade' and 'A Descent into
the Maelstrom'. However, Poe was not concerned with any specific scientific concept but mostly explored different realities,
one of the central concerns of science fiction ever since.