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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It’s also a lesson to all of us that words and insults biograpyh powerful and the wounds they cause may never heal.

Although Poe’s biographers will never fully resolve the tangled web of his writing and his life, it is Poe’s good fortune, and ours, that in Arthur Hobson Quinn, Poe found a biographer who recognized that the deepest interest in Poe’s life is not the way it repeated arthue themes of his fiction, but the high ambition and persistence Poe showed in pursuing the zrthur of authorship throughout the course of that life.

However, his book provides the most clear-eyed and rational view of Poe as a person available in print. Account Options Sign in. That doesn’t make him a terrible person, he doesn’t need defending.

He doesn’t need to be sorry for his “sins” and we do not need to pretend he was some sort of hero in his personal life. 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 Qhinn faults and weaknesses.

Quinn did the most comprehensive analysis of Edgar Allan Poe than anything else I have come across. The book seamlessly combines a chronological account of Poe’s personal and professional life with tidb Want to know Mr.

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These truths are indeed far less exciting to contemptuous minds, but he reported the life of Poe with conviction. Hope he is now resting in peace. And it tends to use flowery language that only the hyper-literate can understand. I think you should let me read the book.


Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

This book is definitely a vast undertaking as it tilts about three pounds in girth and just shy of pages. 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.

I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them well.

Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe’s life. For the reader on the fence, know that the end comes quicker than expected. Join our email listserv and receive monthly updates on the latest titles.

He had such a sad life and then to have his reputation destroyed by lies was heartbreaking.

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

My library Help Advanced Book Search. I remember drawing in pencil a picture of a man with a “tell tale brain” as part of some follow-up activity for the former. 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.

It’ll be a short time before I need to get my hands on another biography of Poe so I can read more of those. I don’t really enjoy putting those feelings and stirrings into actual words, anyway. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

He is tender but fair. Sep 10, Walker rated it really liked it. A Critical Biography75 years after its publication, remains the definitive Poe biography.

Sep 04, Penny rated it really liked it. Nov 28, Lilah rated it really liked it. I do agree that qunin many of the circumstances portrayed in the biography, that Poe had an unfortunate lot; I do not agree, though, that there weren’t things he could have done to help himself out of those situations.

Edgar Allan Poe

Unfortunately the same can be said of Poe’s own end, no zing intended. Only after reading the story several times qunn did I understand she had a sense of humor. It is certainly true that Quinn spends an awful lot of time on tedious details, the most unfortunate ;oe which is the book’s own beginning. 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.


I had a teacher in fifth grade English who had our class read several of Poe’s short stories. I have pos him for many years but have always had questions about him and his esoteric life.

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.

Poe was apparently a very intelligent, bitter man who did not know how to keep his thoughts and opinions to himself. 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 I have that book around here somewhere, and have pulled it out every few years to remind myself of those first favorites.

I started this book six months ago and hope I never finish it. Best read if you are familiar with the wide range of Poe’s poetry and prose. Availability Text Usually ships business days after receipt of order.

I wish I could recapture all I have recklessly said in praise of other books and concentrate it here. Gerafounder rated it it was ok May 21, Every reader who is interested in Edgar Allan Poe’s life and work should read this book.