Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography
JHU Press, 1997 M11 25 - 864 pages
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. "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" have been read as signs of his personal obsessions, and "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Descent into the Maelstrom" as symptoms of his own mental collapse. Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe's life. Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn's biography devotes itself meticulously to facts. 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - danatdtms - LibraryThing
I found this biography to be an excellent description of Poe’s life. 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 ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RandyStafford - LibraryThing
My reactions to reading this biography in 2005. I believe this is still considered the definitive biography of Poe. And it is an excellent biography if you engaged in some sort of research project ... Read full review