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A biography of the imaginative, tempestuous author and poet, focusing on his struggles to establish himself in the literary world.

A biography of the imaginative, tempestuous author and poet, focusing on his struggles to establish himself in the literary world.

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Overview

A biography of the imaginative, tempestuous author and poet, focusing on his struggles to establish himself in the literary world.

A biography of the imaginative, tempestuous author and poet, focusing on his struggles to establish himself in the literary world.

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Chris Sherman
While many biographies in the Library of Biography series are fact filled and suitable for reports, they don't provide much reading pleasure. LeVert's profile of Poe is different--it is both interesting and informative. Concentrating on Poe's efforts to achieve literary success, LeVert discusses the themes of his poetry and stories, his skill as a literary critic, and his work ethic. She also includes information that will pique readers' curiosity and that fleshes out Poe's personality. For example, she quotes Poe poking fun at other writers: "Mr. [William Cullen] Bryant is not "all" a fool. Mr. [N. P.] Willis is not "quite" an ass. Mr. [Henry Wadsworth] Longfellow "will" steal, but perhaps he cannot help it." LeVert acknowledges that Poe's drinking ruined his health, damaged his relationships, and caused him to lose jobs. Her portrait of the writer as a manic, intensely creative, flawed storyteller will surely prompt interest in his works. The book is heavily illustrated and includes a chronology and a bibliography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791016404
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: Chelsea House Library of Biographies Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    This book is a well written, detailed summary of Edgar Allan Poe

    This book is a well written, detailed summary of Edgar Allan Poe’s life that makes an interesting read for all ages.  
    But, the book is completely out of sequence and I would not recommend it for writing a report.  
    Suzanne Levert has written many biographies and books about the human mind, most of her books are more well-known than Edgar Allan Poe.  
    The book is completely out of sequence, for example, it starts out in his adulthood and then weaves in and out of his adult and childhood.  
    Even though it’s out of order it’s an enjoyable read and doesn't  just give facts about his public life.
    It also describes Edgar as a person and shows a playful side of him that most authors don’t bother to include.  
    Almost every page has a visual on it, which is why a child would be drawn to it.
    Overall it’s a great book unless you’re planning to write a report, in that case I would recommend another book.

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