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Edgar Allan Poe: Tales and Poems

Edgar Allan Poe: Tales and Poems

by Raychel Haugrud Reiff

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VOYA - Leslie Wolfson
Series readers will find many fascinating facts about Edgar Allen Poe, John Steinbeck, and many other legendary authors in these books. For instance, Edgar Allen Poe's reputation as an immoral drunkard and a drug addict originates from his literary executor, who wrote horrendous lies about him in print. John Steinbeck began his career as a struggling writer, but eventually won the Pulitzer Prize and had twelve Hollywood movies adapted from his novels. In contrast, Poe was chronically poor and depressed and died the same way, not becoming well known until after his death. Both titles follow a similar format: a biography of the author, an extensive exploration of the authors' most popular works, a life chronology, a listing of the authors' writings and/or films, a bibliography, and an index. Both include black-and-white photographs of the authors and their families, photos of book covers or excerpts, and even stills of movies adapted from authors' novels. Both books seem to be well researched. The sources, which are sprinkled throughout the text in parentheses, are thorough but distracting to the reader; it would have been preferable to have them listed at the end. These books are full of detailed information, which makes them good for research papers or book reports, but the writing is fairly dry, and neither of these titles could be considered a fast read. Other authors profiled in the series include George Orwell, Sylvia Plath, Jane Austen, Langston Hughes, and Mark Twain. Reviewer: Leslie Wolfson
Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
From the "Writers and Their Works" series, this title is well-researched and documented. Features include numerous photographs and illustrations, footnotes, an extensive list of Poe's works, a list of recent films based on Poe works, a time line, a list of locations to seek more information, an extensive bibliography, and an index. The author begins with a biography. Poe's life was short, but eventful. Raised by foster parents who were often hard on the young man, he enlisted in the Army at eighteen. He then held a series of editorial jobs. He helped support an elderly aunt and married a young cousin when he was twenty-seven. The circumstances and cause of his death at age forty remain a mystery. The next chapter touches on the historical and social settings of Poe's life. Several of his short stories are analyzed at length, as are several of his poems. Last, the author discusses Poe's place in American literature. Many critics still doubt his significance but they cannot doubt the endurance or popularity of his works. Packed with information, this book is sometimes dry. It seems most useful as a reference for children. Reviewer: Sue Poduska

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Cavendish Square Publishing
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Writers and Their Work Series
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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