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Edgar Allan Poe

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The United States was only two decades old when Edgar Allan Poe was born. He stands at the very beginning of American literature, an orphaned, rootless, haunted man who in just forty years gave short story writing its modern cast, pioneered detective fiction, and wrote some of the most memorable lyric poems in the English language. Poe's life was riven by scandal: endless conflict with his foster-father, disgrace at university and in the army, marrying his 13-year-old cousin, episodes of drunkeness and fierce ...
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Overview


The United States was only two decades old when Edgar Allan Poe was born. He stands at the very beginning of American literature, an orphaned, rootless, haunted man who in just forty years gave short story writing its modern cast, pioneered detective fiction, and wrote some of the most memorable lyric poems in the English language. Poe's life was riven by scandal: endless conflict with his foster-father, disgrace at university and in the army, marrying his 13-year-old cousin, episodes of drunkeness and fierce personal rivalries with fellow writers and editors. Even Poe's death was gothic and mysterious, the theories ranging from rabies to murder. In this short Life & Times biography, Brian Morton attempts to put the Poe legend in context and in so doing reveals one of the most important and influential writers of modern times in his true light.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905791521
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Life&Times
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 837,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Brian Morton taught American Literature at the University of East Anglia and the University of Tromso, Norway, before careers in journalism and broadcasting. He is the author of Woodrow Wilson: United States in Haus Publishing's series The Makers of the Modern World.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 "Let me call myself, for the present": Poe's early life, 1809-1811 11

2 "Not a Spark of affection for us": Poe and his foster family, 1811-20 23

3 "The most dissolute university of Europe": Poe and further education, 1820-29 39

4 "A dream within a dream": Poe's early work, 1829-31 54

5 "PS I am poor": Poe and the literary life, 1831-6 71

6 "My darling little wifey": Poe and Virginia, 1836-9 91

7 "Ill-conceived and miserably executed": Poe as editor and critic, 1839-42 106

8 "Long intervals of horrible sanity": Poe's short stories, 1842-44 124

9 "We peer into the abyss": Poe's decline, 1844-6 141

10 "To the few who love me and whom I love": Poe's later work, 1846-8 155

11 "I must die": Poe's final year, 1848-49 170

Chronology 182

Index 193

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