A biography of Edgar Allan Poe becomes at once an exercise in discrimination. Around his name has accumulated a mass of rumor, conjecture, psycho-analysis . Edgar Allan Poe has 83 ratings and 16 reviews. Anastacia said: I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them well. I find it difficult to describe ho. Based on exhaustive research in the Poe family archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend and describes how they both were distorted by early biographies .
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He is the author of The Cryptographic Imagination: I want something new; I need instant literary gratification. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I had to go back and biograpny some passages several times to figure out what the biographer was trying to say. To see what your friends thought of zllan book, please sign up. I felt sorry for Edgar, if this book is anything like his real life as biographies should be.
Edgar Allan Poe
Oct 30, Julia Harris rated it it was amazing. Keith rated it it was amazing Apr 03, There are about pages of appendices, bibliography, and footnotes. Other editions – View all Edgar Allan Poe: Return to Book Page.
Based on exhaustive research in the Poe family archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend, and describes how they both were distorted by prior biographies. These truths are indeed far less exciting to contemptuous minds, but he reported the life of Poe with conviction.
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Savanna rated it really liked it Oct 17, Renowned as the creator of the detective story and a master of horror, the author of “The Red Mask of Death,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Murders of the Rue Morgue,” Edgar Allan Poe seems to have derived his success from suffering and to have suffered from his success. However, his book provides the most clear-eyed and rational view of Poe as a person available in print.
Probably the most comprehensive and accurate biography on Poe out there. Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe’s life. I loved reading about one of my favorite authors, and the collections of letters to and from Poe included in this biography were extraordinarily interesting.
Sep 10, Walker rated it really liked it.
I started this book six months ago and hope I never finish it. An excellent compilation of material on Poe’s life. The research, the writing, and the qjinn cannot be more in earnest. Wolf rated it really liked it May 30, Sep 04, Penny rated jobson really liked it. Now must read his poetry. I’m at a loss for words to defend such a complaint, but it made my day. Dec 07, Katie McVay rated it it was amazing.
Based on exhaustive research in the Poe family archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend, and describes how they both were distorted niography prior biographies. I do agree that in many of the circumstances portrayed in the biography, that Poe had an unfortunate lot; I do not agree, though, that there weren’t things he could have done to help himself out of those situations.
I don’t see him trying to prove the rumors false because of sheer idolatry, I see this as the work of a true scholarly historian: It is certainly true that Quinn spends an awful lot of time on tedious details, the most unfortunate of which is the book’s own beginning. Kelsey Fiedler rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Selected pages Title Page.
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What a sad man he also must have been. Join our email listserv and receive monthly updates on the latest titles. I read this by accident; reading on I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them crigical. I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them well.
In one of the most unfortunate decisions ever made by a major American writer, Poe chose a long-time enemy, one Rufus Griswold, to serve as his literary executor. Quinn adroitly examines Poe’s life and writings and while it is clear he deeply admired the man, there is no hesitation by Quinn to point out Poe’s faults and weaknesses.
I had a teacher in fifth grade English who had our class read several of Poe’s short stories. I cannot help but note the irony of a complaint of “flowery” and “hyper-literate” language in a page biography of Edgar Allan Poe, a literary legend. Poe is my favorite poet and author.