A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe

A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe

by J. Gerald Kennedy
     
 

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), son of itinerant actors, holds a secure place in the firmament of history as America's first master of suspense. Displaying scant interest in native scenes or materials, Edgar Allan Poe seems the most un-American of American writers during the era of literary nationalism; yet he was at the same time a pragmatic magazinist, fully engaged in… See more details below

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), son of itinerant actors, holds a secure place in the firmament of history as America's first master of suspense. Displaying scant interest in native scenes or materials, Edgar Allan Poe seems the most un-American of American writers during the era of literary nationalism; yet he was at the same time a pragmatic magazinist, fully engaged in popular culture and intensely concerned with the "republic of letters" in the United States. This Historical Guide contains an introduction that considers the tensions between Poe's "otherwordly" settings and his historically marked representations of violence, as well as a capsule biography situating Poe in his historical context. The subsequent essays in this book cover such topics as Poe and the American Publishing Industry, Poe's Sensationalism, his relationships to gender constructions, and Poe and American Privacy. The volume also includes a bibliographic essay, a chronology of Poe's life, a bibliography, illustrations, and an index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121490
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Historical Guides to American Authors Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Poe in Our Time, J. Gerald Kennedy
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849: A Brief Biography, J. Gerald Kennedy
Poe and the American Publishing Industry, Terence Whalen
Spanking the Master: Mind-Crossings in Poe's Sensationalism, David Leverenz
Poe and Nineteenth-Century Gender Constructions, Leland S. Person
Poe and the Issue of American Privacy, Louis A. Renza
ILLUSTRATED CHRONOLOGY Bibliographical Essay, Scott Peeples

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