Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

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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. "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" have been read as signs of his personal obsessions, and "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Descent into the Maelstrom" as symptoms of his own mental collapse. Biographers have seldom resisted the ...

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Overview

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. "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" have been read as signs of his personal obsessions, and "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Descent into the Maelstrom" as symptoms of his own mental collapse. Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe's life. Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn's biography devotes itself meticulously to facts. 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.

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Johns Hopkins University Press

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Without warning, without any preliminary fanfare of trumpets, a book has now appeared that towers above others of its kind, a book in which resourceful scholarship and a lucid gift of expression are happily joined. I wish I could recapture all I have recklessly said in praise of other books and concentrate it here.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801857300
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: 20
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 866
  • Sales rank: 368,819
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Hobson Quinn (1875-1960) is also the author of American Fiction: An Historical and Critical Survey and History of the American Drama. Shawn J. Rosenheim is an associate professor of English at Williams College. He is the author of The Cryptographic Imagination: Secret Writing from Edgar Allan Poe to the Internet, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    Still the Standard Poe Biography

    Thanks to Johns Hopkins University Press for reissuing it in paperback with a new introduction, Arthur Hobson Quinn's critical biography of Poe will be available to a new generation of academic and non-academic readers. It remains the most thoroughly researched biography of Poe and the one that all serious students, critics, and aspiring biographers of Poe must take into account on their path to understanding Poe's life, career, and works. It is a model of sound scholarship based on a close examination of all available facts pertaining to Poe.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Good

    I thought this book was very good. It was thoroughly detailed, more than any other biography about Poe that I have read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2007

    Works of a master

    Edger Allen Poe is by far one of they most intelgent men is writing history. His mind has came up with some of the wrolds greatest works of writing art. His life comes out in this book and puts you back in time with him. Thought out this book you know he may not be alive today but you also know he will live on forever!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2002

    Edgar Allan Poe was great

    edgar allan poe was really great and his works was very interesting!!! and its fun to read all of your critique on him.

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