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Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography
     

Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

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by Arthur Hobson Quinn, Shawn Rosenheim (Introduction)
 

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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

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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801857300
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/25/1997
Edition description:
20
Pages:
866
Sales rank:
336,336
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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Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
EAPoe More than 1 year ago
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.
gleek818 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good. It was thoroughly detailed, more than any other biography about Poe that I have read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
edgar allan poe was really great and his works was very interesting!!! and its fun to read all of your critique on him.