By Kevin J. Hayes
The lifetime of Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49) is the indispensable writer’s biography—great works coming up from a lifetime of melancholy, poverty, alcoholism, and a mysterious solitary dying. it might look like a cliché now, however it used to be Poe who assisted in shaping this concept within the well known mind's eye. regardless of or even even encouraged through his many hardships, Poe wrote one of the most recognized poems and intricately crafted tales in American literature. In Edgar Allan Poe, Kevin J. Hayes argues that Poe’s paintings expected a few of the instructions Western proposal could absorb the century to return, and he identifies hyperlinks among Poe and writers and artists similar to Walter Benjamin, Salvador Dalí, Sergei Eisenstein, and Jean Cocteau.
Whereas prior biographers have tended to pay attention to the sorry information of Poe’s lifestyles, against this Hayes takes an unique strategy by way of studying Poe’s lifestyles in the context of his writings. the writer bargains clean, insightful readings of lots of Poe’s brief tales, and provides newly-discovered information regarding formerly unknown books from Poe’s library, in addition to up-to-date biographical information acquired from nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines. This well-researched biography is going past past scholarship and creates an entire photo of Poe and his major physique of work.
Approachably written, Edgar Allan Poe will attract the various fanatics of Poe’s work—from “The Raven” to the “Tell-Tale Heart”—as good as readers attracted to American literary history.
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