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Edgar Allan Poe
     

Edgar Allan Poe

by Brian Morton
 

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. He pioneered detective fiction and wrote some of the-most memorable lyric poems in the English language.

Poe's life was riven by

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. He 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 drunkenness 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905791521
Publisher:
Haus Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Life&Times
Pages:
192
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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