The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe / Edition 1

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Overview

This Companion consists of 14 essays by leading international scholars. They provide a series of new perspectives on one of the most enigmatic and controversial American writers. Specially tailored to the needs of undergraduates, the essays examine all of Poe's major writings, his poetry, short stores and criticism, and place his work in a variety of literary, cultural and political contexts. This volume will be of interest to scholars as well as students. It features a detailed chronology and a comprehensive guide to further reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Scholars of literature from the US, France, Britain, and Canada reflect current attitudes towards the work of US writer and poet Poe (1809-49). Most consider his fiction, but three look at his critical writing, and only one examines the poetry that he was best known for during the early 20th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Kevin Hayes's delightful Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe offers a good, no-nonsense introduction to Poe's admittedly troubled and turbulent life ... [it] is the first volume I would put into the hands of any open-minded adult who wanted a reliable introduction to Poe studies." Richmond Times Dispatch

"Like the other excellent titles in the 'Cambridge Companions to Literature' series, this volume provides a collection of well-researched essays that will be useful for both students and researchers.... [S]uperlative essays on important Poe topics less studied—Poe's humor, his science fiction, and his impact on popular culture. More familiar subjects are given fresh treatment.... All academic collections." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521797276
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2002
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 721,214
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Hayes is Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma. He is the author of Poe and the Printed Word (Cambridge, 2000); Melville's Folk Roots (1999); The Library of William Byrd of Westover (1997), for which he won the first annual Virginia Library History Award; Folklore and Book Culture (1997); and A Colonial Woman's Bookshelf (1996). In addition, he has edited Henry James: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge, 1996). His essays and reviews have appeared in American Literature, Edgar Allan Poe Review, Literature/Film Quarterly, New England Quarterly, Studies in the Novel, and Visible Language. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Documentary Editing.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Chronology of Poe's life
List of short titles and abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The poet as critic 7
2 Poe and his circle 21
3 Poe's aesthetic theory 42
4 Poe's humor 57
5 Poe and the Gothic tradition 72
6 Poe, sensationalism, and slavery 92
7 Extra! Extra! Poe invents science fiction! 113
8 Poe's Dupin and the power of detection 133
9 Poe's feminine ideal 148
10 A confused beginning: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, of Nantucket 163
11 Poe's "constructiveness" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" 178
12 Two verse masterworks: "The Raven" and "Ulalume" 191
13 Poe and popular culture 205
14 One-man modernist 225
Select bibliography 241
Index 247
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