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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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Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe: 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Probably the best biography written on him for its lack of a narrative approach. Seldom have I read, with rapt attention, pages about one subject, as I did here.

I want something new; I need instant literary gratification.

He only reached his truest fame posthumously. For the reader on the fence, know that the end comes quicker than expected. There is such a thing as too many details, and here Quinn fails.

Dec 07, Katie McVay rated it it was amazing. Poe and the British magazine tradition Michael L. Oct 30, Julia Harris rated it it was amazing.

Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography – Arthur Hobson Quinn – Google Books

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Aug 31, Undine rated it it was amazing. In his mind, Poe was a wonderful person who the world destroyed with its hateful, unfair ways. Hope he is now resting in arghur.

Edgar Allan Poe

There are a multitude of Poe biographies, and I feel very fortunate to have chosen this one! The story of Mr.

Now crigical read his poetry. A Critical Biography, Arthur Hobson Quinn While reading this on the train one day, a man sitting next to me leaned over and said, “Isn’t that the guy who married his cousin?

Apr 04, Breanna added it. Rosenheim is an associate professor of English at Williams College. In one of the most unfortunate decisions ever made by a major Qhinn writer, Poe chose a long-time enemy, one Rufus Griswold, to serve as his literary executor.

The book seamlessly combines a chronological account of Poe’s personal and professional life with artbur Want to know Mr. I believe this is still considered the definitive biography of Poe.

Wolf rated it really liked it May 30, Apr 15, Linda rated it liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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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 Although this seventy-year-old book is inevitably somewhat dated, it is still by far the most intelligent biography of Poe that has yet to appear. I am obsessed with EAP and love learning more and more about him, but this book has almost too much information.


Gerafounder rated it it was ok May 21, 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: Russell Smith rated it really liked it Oct 22, Oct 15, Jimmie rated it really liked it. Quinn diligently sought out all the primary-source documents then available regarding Poe and his life and times.

What a sad man he also must have been. Such a drug induced genius he must of been. For those who can get through the beginning, I think it’s an extraordinary read. I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them well. It’s also a lesson to all of us that words and insults are powerful and the wounds they cause may never heal.

In densely packed pages, Quinn clears away the accumulated mass of falsehood, distortion, and misinformation that had gathered around Poe.

Poe was apparently a very intelligent, bitter man who did not know how to keep his thoughts and opinions to himself.

And it tends to use flowery language that only the hyper-literate can understand.