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Edgar Allan Poe



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In the history of literature there are few disparities greater than that between the life of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) and his work. His life was pitiful, burdened with poverty, the deaths of his mother and his wife, petty quarrels with fellow authors, and wild drinking binges; his works, by contrast, are a triumph. Despite his disadvantages Poe managed to write some of the most intricate, highly-crafted stories in literary history, in the process anticipating many of the directions western thought would take in the century to come. Written in an approachable, jargon-free style, Edgar Allan Poe will appeal to all readers interested in biography, literary history, American culture, and modern thought.

Product code: 9781861895158

ISBN 9781861895158
Series Critical Lives
No. Of Pages 192
Publisher Reaktion Books
The life of Edgar Allan Poe (1809 1849) is the quintessential writer's biography great works arising from a life of despair, poverty, alcoholism, and a mysterious solitary death. This title argues that Poe's work anticipated many of the directions Western thought would take in the century to come.