Once Upon a Market Dreary: The Prescient Marketing Principles of Edgar Allan Poe

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Abstract

An American icon, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is famed for his fiendish tales of fear and trembling, and premature burial. He is less well known as a businessperson, let alone a marketing thought leader. Poe, though, was not only an entrepreneurially inclined self-promoter of genius, but he practised prescient marketing principles that are pertinent to present circumstances. In a world where dark tourism, dead celebrities and disinterred brands loom large, Poe’s principal principles – perversity, poetry, plagiary, plasticity – are prior portents of marketing precepts. Written in an appropriately literary style, this paper shows that dead men do foretell tales. Of markets dreary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1379-1396
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Marketing Management
Volume34
Issue number15-16
Early online date4 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Macabre marketing
  • Undead ideas
  • Literary theory
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Poe’s Ps

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