Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The Fever Called Living

Book - 2014
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Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling "The Tell-Tale Heart" to "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"--the first modern detective story--to the iconic poem "The Raven." Poe's life was one of unremitting hardship. His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three. Poe was thrown out of West Point, and married his beloved thirteen-year-old cousin, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-four. He was so poor that he burned furniture to stay warm. He was a scourge to other poets, but more so to himself. In the hands of Paul Collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions. Collins illuminates Poe's huge successes and greatest flop (a 143-page prose poem titled Eureka), and even tracks down what may be Poe's first published fiction, long hidden under an enigmatic byline. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, Edgar Allan Poe is a spellbinding story about the man once hailed as "the Shakespeare of America." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 9780544261877
Branch Call Number: 818.309 POE COLLINS
Characteristics: 130 pages ; 22 cm


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"..his revenge tale ' Hop-Frog' showed Poe in fine form...it continues the theme of alcohol-fueled rage and cod-blooded murder from ' The Black Cat' and ' The Cask of Amontillado,' this time through the horrifying vengeance upon a king and his councilors by a court dwarf." " Yet Poe still nursed affections for several other women, all with the miserable knowledge that none of them were Virginia." " THE DOMAIN OF ARNHEIM is a curiously moving short story." "But now Poe fell back into drinking, and he fell hard." " ' Poe's Longfellow war, which, by the way, is all on one side, has annoyed a good deal.' " "With THE PURLOINED LETTER Poe demonstrated that the detective story was no fluke, but a wondrously flexible and compelling mode of storytelling--a genre that could grow into one of the most popular forms of literature in the world." "When Poe got nervous, he drank." "Both his birth father and brother had been alcoholics." " Why marry a 13 year old?"


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