Complete Poemsby Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Ollive Mabbott (Editor)
Although best known for his tales, Edgar Allan Poe himself thirsted for fame primarily as a poet. This volume, assembled by the eminent Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott, is the single most authoritative edition of Poe's poems ever published: 101 poems and their variants, including such gems as "The Raven," "The Bells," and "Annabel Lee," as well as previously
Although best known for his tales, Edgar Allan Poe himself thirsted for fame primarily as a poet. This volume, assembled by the eminent Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott, is the single most authoritative edition of Poe's poems ever published: 101 poems and their variants, including such gems as "The Raven," "The Bells," and "Annabel Lee," as well as previously uncollected poems, fragments, verses he published in reviews he wrote, and poems attributed to him.
In this exhaustive collection, Mabbott takes a fresh look at these texts, aiming "to present what [Poe] wrote, to explain why he wrote it, to tell what he meant when he wrote it (if that be in any way obscure), and to give a history of its publication." Containing the definitive poems as well as pertinent biographical background, full annotations, and a meticulous enumeration of successive texts and variants, Mabbott's edition stands as a firm foundation for Poe scholarship as well as for more general appreciation.
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Creator of the modern detective story, innovative architect of the horror genre, and a poet of extraordinary musicality, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) remains one of America’s most popular and influential writers. His books of collected tales and poems brim with psychological depth, almost painful intensity, and unexpected — and surprisingly modern — flashes of dark humor and irony.
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Thomas Ollive Mabbott spent most of his life planning and preparing his collected edition of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Regrettably, he did not live to enjoy the long retirement he had anticipated would give him the time to complete his self-appointed task. He died in 1968, just as the volume of Poems was in press. (Two subsequent volumes of Poe's Tales & Sketches were sufficiently near completion that his wife, a fine scholar in her own right, was able to finish and publish those.) Long out of print, this reissue makes available what is unquestionably the finest and most complete edition of Poe's poetry which has ever been printed, or is likely to be printed. In addition to all of the well-known poems (such as 'The Raven,' 'Alone' and 'Annabel Lee'), it includes such lesser poems as 'Lines on Ale,' and the fragmentary 'The Beloved Physician,' and variants of each poem are dutifully recorded. The real reason to acquire this particular volume, however, is Mabbott's extensive notes and introductory material. In these thorough and engaging notes, the background of each poem is established, obscure references are clarified, and specific correlations between the poems are documented. The previous paperback edition (from 1980) dropped Dr. Mabbott's valuable appendixes, which are restored here. The list of 'rejected poems' will save many hours of debate about hundreds of poems which have been falsely attributed to Poe over the years -- and the 'Annals,' a short biography of Poe, is a gem in its own right. In spite of a few minor typographical errors (several references to Poe's 'Marginalia' are misnumbered by one), and one or two questionable attributions (such as the 'Monody on Doctor Olmstead,' given, at least, as 'apocrypha'), no devotee of Poe can afford to be without this indispensable volume.