A biography of Edgar Allan Poe becomes at once an exercise in discrimination. Around his name has accumulated a mass of rumor, conjecture, psycho-analysis . Edgar Allan Poe has 83 ratings and 16 reviews. Anastacia said: I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them well. I find it difficult to describe ho. Based on exhaustive research in the Poe family archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend and describes how they both were distorted by early biographies .

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Edgar Allan Poe, a critical biography / by Arthur Hobson Quinn – Details – Trove

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is such a thing as too many details, and here Quinn fails. Quinn did the most comprehensive analysis of Edgar Allan Poe than anything else I have come across. Or, in this case, its heft. References to this book Fables of Mind: Savanna rated it really liked it Oct 17, Biographer Quinn spent years studying the man, went to great lengths to acquire even the most seemingly inane artifacts accounting ledgers from Poe’s stint at West Pointand leaves no detail unrevealed in his quest to cut to the heart of his subject.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sean S Lask rated it it was biogrpahy Jan 03, If I knew, I don’t think I would have bought it in the first place. Based on exhaustive research in the Poe family archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend, and describes how they both were distorted by prior biographies.


Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn’s biography devotes itself meticulously to facts. Refresh and try again.

She realized immediately that I had fallen in “book love” and gave me a paperback copy of some of her favorites. Hartley rated it liked it Jul 04, As much as I enjoyed it, I was relieved to find that a not insignificant portion of the book the end is appendices and references.

Don’t plan artur reading it in any hurry but it is worth the time.

Good but dry bio of Poe. Kelsey Fiedler rated it it was amazing Mar 03, I felt sorry for Edgar, if this book is anything like his real life as biographies allxn be. Hannah Berg rated it liked it Jul 25, Oct 30, Julia Harris rated it it was amazing. Apr 16, Rhonda rated it it was amazing. It’s not for everyone, but it’s truly amazing in its humanness. Extraordinarily ergar researched and comprehensive, this ‘s biography of Edgar Allan Poe dismisses effectively many of the misconceptions about Poe and his artuur.

Availability Text Usually ships business days after receipt of order. Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe: Renowned as the creator of the detective story and a master of horror, the author of “The Red Mask of Death,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Murders of the Rue Morgue,” Edgar Allan Poe seems to have derived his success from suffering and to have suffered from his success.

Edgar Allan Poe

I think you should let me read the book. Nov 28, Lilah rated it really liked it. I’m at a loss for words to defend such a complaint, uobson it made my day. Quinn diligently sought out all the primary-source documents then available regarding Poe and his life and times.


Not a student of American Literature or Poetry, I simply wanted to know about Poe beyond what I imagined having read only a few of It’s also a lesson to all of us that edga and insults are powerful and the wounds they cause may never heal. Quinn has answered all my queries in a very detailed fashion Wow, this took me a month Other editions – View all Edgar Allan Poe: Want to know Mr. I don’t see him trying to prove the rumors false because of sheer idolatry, I see this as the work of a true scholarly historian: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Hobsonn Hobson Quinn is also the author of American Fiction: Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe’s life. I loved reading about one of my favorite authors, and the collections of letters to and from Poe included in this biography were extraordinarily interesting. Quinn adroitly examines Poe’s life and writings and while it is clear he deeply admired the man, there is no hesitation by Quinn to point out Poe’s faults and weaknesses.

Trivia About Edgar Allan Poe: He is the author of The Cryptographic Imagination: Yet today, the Poe-as-villain image fostered by Griswold still endures.