Critical Insights: The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

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The original essays in this set illuminate the influences that shaped Poe, contextualize his work, and assess his enduring impact on American and European poetry and fiction. A sketch of the historical and cultural forces surrounding Poe illuminates their influence on his aesthetic; a reception history examines Poe’s enduring contributions to the short-story genre, the French Symbolist movement, and modernist aesthetics; a comparison of Poe’s and Baudelaire’s works reveals how the two authors exploited the ...
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The original essays in this set illuminate the influences that shaped Poe, contextualize his work, and assess his enduring impact on American and European poetry and fiction. A sketch of the historical and cultural forces surrounding Poe illuminates their influence on his aesthetic; a reception history examines Poe’s enduring contributions to the short-story genre, the French Symbolist movement, and modernist aesthetics; a comparison of Poe’s and Baudelaire’s works reveals how the two authors exploited the duplicitous possibilities within the writer-reader relationship; and a critical reading of “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Ligeia,” and “Berenice” seeks to expose the stories’ unifying aesthetic principles.
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Library Journal
Last fall, Salem introduced its "Critical Insights" series, which the publisher expects to complete by the end of 2010 and which currently includes titles covering individuals like Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway and titles like Great Expectations and The Joy Luck Club. Each volume incorporates lengthy articles, endnotes, bibliographies, a detailed index with See references, a general bibliography, an author biography, and much more. Factual information appears accurate throughout, with general bibliographic resources covering 1961 through 2007. Each volume also comes with its own database-activation number, which provides free, unlimited, simultaneous online access both remotely and from the library's computers. Online editions mirror the print and may include a few additional photographs not found in the books. A reasonable acquisitions policy allows for either specific volume or full-set purchases based on a library's specific needs and budget. BOTTOM LINE This is a valuable addition to academic libraries supporting literature students at both the undergraduate and the graduate level as it presents different views and more in-depth articles than those found in such literature series as "Bloom," "Literary Criticism," and "Contemporary Literary Criticism." [Free online access is available to those purchasing print editions through 2011.]—Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Don't have space in the stacks for Gale's Contemporary Literary Criticism? Here's a handy modern addition to the genre that will simplify the task of locating material on some of the most frequently assigned titles. Each meticulously referenced volume is devoted to a single classic—a novel, a memoir, a play—or, in the case of Edgar Allan Poe, short stories. The texts introduce the narratives in their historical context, provide a short biography of the author, and offer "The Paris Review Perspective" on the works, followed by a series of articles by academics under the headings of "Critical Contexts" or "Critical Readings." Several themes are analyzed in these segments and they include such essays as Samuel Sipe's "Memory and Confession in Great Expectations"; Gary Richards's thoughts on "Harper Lee and the Destabilization of Heterosexuality"; and Robert C. Evans's "The Joy Luck Club After Twenty Years." Curiously, each volume ends with a two-page discussion of the Paris Review's colorful history. Purchase of the volumes allows online access to the print content in its entirety. Students can search the easy-to-navigate database and print out and/or email the desired material, along with a prepared citation. Overall, a fresh take on the classics and an excellent choice.—Christina Connolly, Clark University, Worcester, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587656163
  • Publisher: Salem Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: Critical Insights Series
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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