Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe's eerie stories and poems continue to captivate readers to this day. He not only wrote such gothic classics as "The Raven," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Fall of the House of Usher," he also lived a haunted life worthy of one of his tales. This volume features fascinating critical essays from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that offer a well-rounded historical look at Poe and his timeless works.
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Edgar Allan Poe's eerie stories and poems continue to captivate readers to this day. He not only wrote such gothic classics as "The Raven," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Fall of the House of Usher," he also lived a haunted life worthy of one of his tales. This volume features fascinating critical essays from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that offer a well-rounded historical look at Poe and his timeless works.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael L. Cooper
Surely Chelsea House is not marketing this book for kids. It is a collection of academic papers previously published for an academic audience. They bear such titles as "Strange Fits: Poe and Wordsworth on the Nature of Poetic Language," and "Poe's Philosophy of Amalgamation: Reading Racism in the Tales." One of my degrees is in English literature, but my eyes glaze over just reading these titles. That is not to say that the authors and their essays are not good. These are first-rate scholars. One of them, David S. Reynolds, published a marvelous adult biography entitled Walt Whitman's America some years ago. This collection of essays from Chelsea House was written originally for academic journals and--except for those eleven year olds who skipped high school and went directly to college--will not interest young readers. Even Harold Bloom's introduction, presumably written for this book, is not the least bit kid friendly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791095560
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Bloom's Classic Critical Views Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Bloom
Harold Bloom
One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom’s books – about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature – are as erudite as they are accessible.


"Authentic literature doesn't divide us," the scholar and literary critic Harold Bloom once said. "It addresses itself to the solitary individual or consciousness." Revered and sometimes reviled as a champion of the Western canon, Bloom insists on the importance of reading authors such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Chaucer -- not because they transmit certain approved cultural values, but because they transcend the limits of culture, and thus enlarge rather than constrict our sense of what it means to be human. As Bloom explained in an interview, "Shakespeare is the true multicultural author. He exists in all languages. He is put on the stage everywhere. Everyone feels that they are represented by him on the stage."

Bloom began his career by tackling the formidable legacy of T.S. Eliot, who had dismissed the English Romantic poets as undisciplined nature-worshippers. Bloom construed the Romantic poets' visions of immortality as rebellions against nature, and argued that an essentially Romantic imagination was still at work in the best modernist poets.

Having restored the Romantics to critical respectability, Bloom advanced a more general theory of poetry. His now-famous The Anxiety of Influence argued that any strong poem is a creative "misreading" of the poet's predecessor. The book raised, as the poet John Hollander wrote, "profound questions about... how the prior visions of other poems are, for a true poet, as powerful as his own dreams and as formative as his domestic childhood." In addition to developing this theory, Bloom wrote several books on sacred texts. In The Book of J, he suggested that some of the oldest parts of the Bible were written by a woman.

The Book of J was a bestseller, but it was the 1994 publication of The Western Canon that made the critic-scholar a household name. In it, Bloom decried what he called the "School of Resentment" and the use of political correctness as a basis for judging works of literature. His defense of the threatened canon formed, according to The New York Times, a "passionate demonstration of why some writers have triumphantly escaped the oblivion in which time buries almost all human effort."

Bloom placed Shakespeare along with Dante at the center of the Western canon, and he made another defense of Shakespeare's centrality with Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, an illuminating study of Shakespeare's plays. How to Read and Why (2000) revisited Shakespeare and other writers in the Bloom pantheon, and described the act of reading as both a spiritual exercise and an aesthetic pleasure.

Recently, Bloom took up another controversial stance when he attacked Harry Potter in an essay for The Wall Street Journal. His 2001 book Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages advanced an alternative to contemporary children's lit, with a collection of classic works of literature "worthy of rereading" by people of all ages.

The poet and editor David Lehman said that "while there are some critics who are known for a certain subtlety and a certain judiciousness, there are other critics... who radiate ferocious passion." Harold Bloom is a ferociously passionate reader for whom literary criticism is, as he puts it, "the art of making what is implicit in the text as finely explicit as possible."

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Bloom earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1955 and was hired as a Yale faculty member that same year. In 1965, at the age of 35, he became one of the youngest scholars in Yale history to be appointed full professor in the department of English. He is now Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale and Berg Visiting Professor of English at New York University.

Though some conservative commentators embraced Bloom's canon as a return to traditional moral values, Bloom, who once styled himself "a Truman Democrat," dismisses attempts by both left- and right-wingers to politicize literature. "To read in the service of any ideology is not, in my judgment, to read at all," he told a New York Times interviewer.

His great affinity for Shakespeare has put Bloom in the unlikely position of stage actor on occasion; he has played his "literary hero," port-loving raconteur Sir John Falstaff, in three productions.

Bloom is married to Jeanne, a retired school psychologist whom he met while a junior faculty member at Yale in the 1950s. They have two sons.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Harold Irving Bloom (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 11, 1930
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Series Introduction     ix
Introduction   Harold Bloom     xi
Biography     xiii
Personal     3
Edgar Allan Poe "Alone" (1829)     7
L.A. Wilmer (1843)     8
Edgar Allan Poe (1846)     8
Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1849)     9
Maria Clemm (1849)     11
Nathaniel Parker Willis "Death of Edgar A. Poe" (1849)     12
George R. Graham "The late Edgar Allan Poe" (1850)     14
Thomas Powell "Edgar Allan Poe" (1850)     16
Sarah Helen Whitman (1860)     17
Horace Greeley (1868)     18
Maunsell B. Field (1873)     19
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1875)     20
John H.B. Latrobe "Reminiscences of Poe" (1877)     21
Susan A.T. Weiss "Last Days of Edgar A. Poe" (1878)     22
General     25
James Russell Lowell "Edgar Allan Poe" (1845)     29
James Russell Lowell (1848)     36
P. Pendleton Cooke "Edgar A. Poe" (1848)     36
John R. Thompson "The Late Edgar A. Poe" (1849)     42
James Hannay "The Life and Genius of Edgar Allan Poe" (1852)     43
Charles Baudelaire (1852)     44
George Gilfillan "Edgar Poe"(1854)     58
Thomas Holley Chivers (1856)     65
Fyodor M. Dostoevski "Three Tales of Edgar Poe" (1861)     67
Stephane Mallarme "Le Tombeau d'Edgar Poe" (1876)     69
Richard Henry Horne (1876)     70
Thomas Wentworth Higginson "Poe" (1879)     72
Joris-Karl Huysmans (1884)     77
Hallam Tennyson (1897)     78
Charles Whibley "Edgar Allan Poe" (1896)     79
William Butler Yeats (1899)     88
George Bernard Shaw "Edgar Allan Poe" (1909)     88
D.H. Lawrence "Edgar Allan Poe" (1923)     94
Works     111
Poetry     113
William Gilmore Simms "Poe's Poetry" (1845)     113
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1872)     116
Walt Whitman "Edgar Poe's Significance" (1882)     117
Edmund Gosse "Has America Produced a Poet?" (1893)     118
John Burroughs "Mr. Gosse's Puzzle over Poe" (1893)     119
Joel Benton "Poe's Opinion of 'The Raven'" (1897)     120
Edmund Clarence Stedman "Edgar Allan Poe" (1885)     121
General Prose     134
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1841)     136
John Mackinnon Robertson "Poe" (1897)     136
Tales      144
Margaret Fuller"Poe's Tales" (1845)     144
Martin Farquhar Tupper "American Romance" (1846)     146
Robert Louis Stevenson (1875)     148
Brander Matthews (1885)     152
Lewis E. Gates "Edgar Allan Poe" (1900)     153
Francis Thompson "A Dreamer of Things Impossible" (1901)     163
Brander Matthews "Poe and the Detective Story" (1907)     167
Eureka     178
George E. Woodberry "The End of the Play" (1885)     178
Criticism     186
Nathanial Hawthorne (1846)     186
Eugene Benson "Poe and Hawthorne" (1868)     187
Henry James (1879)     188
Barrett Wendell (1900)     189
Chronology     191
Index     193
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