Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

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JHU Press, Dec 26, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 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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Contents

Foreword
Preface
CHAPTER IThe Heritage
CHAPTER IIRichmondThe Early Years
ii
CHAPTER IIIThe School Days in England
iii
CHAPTER IVRichmond Again 18201826
iv
CHAPTER VThe University of Virginia
v
CHAPTER VITamerlane and the Army
vi
CHAPTER XVIIITo Helen and For Annie
xviii
CHAPTER XIXRichmondThe Last Appeal
xix
CHAPTER XXThe Recoil of Fate
xx
AppendicesI THE THEATRICAL CAREER OF EDGAR POES PARENTS
xciv
II ORIGINAL RECORDS OF THE POE AND CLEMM FAMILIES IN BALTIMORE1
ii
III EDGAR POES BIRTHPLACE
iii
IV THE POE FAMILY IN NORFOLK IN 1811
iv
V WHERE DID ELIZABETH POE DIE?
v

CHAPTER VIIHope DeferredAl Aaraaf
vii
CHAPTER VIIIWest Point and the Poems of 1831
viii
CHAPTER IXBaltimoreThe Early Fiction
ix
CHAPTER XThe Editor of the Messenger
x
CHAPTER XIPhiladelphiaThe Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque
xi
CHAPTER XIIAt the SummitThe Editor of Grahams Magazine
xii
CHAPTER XIIIFollowing the Illusion
xiii
CHAPTER XIVNew YorkThe Raven and Other Matters
xiv
CHAPTER XVThe Broadway Journal and the Poems of 1845
xv
CHAPTER XVIWidening HorizonsFriends and Enemies
xvi
CHAPTER XVIIEureka
xvii
VI POES RECORD IN THE ARMY AND AT WEST POINT
vi
VII THE TALES OF THE FOLIO CLUB
vii
VIII POES REVISION OF THE PHANTASY PIECES
viii
IX CONTRACTS FOR THE BROADWAY JOURNAL
ix
X GRISWOLDS POWER OF ATTORNEY FROM MRS CLEMM FOR THE PUBLICATION OF POES WORKS
x
XI POES LAST JOURNEY
xi
XII A POSSIBLE NEW POE SATIRE
xii
Bibliography
xv
Index
xi
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Arthur Hobson Quinn (1875-1960) is also the author of American Fiction: An Historical and Critical Survey and History of the American Drama. Shawn J. Rosenheim is an associate professor of English at Williams College. He is the author of The Cryptographic Imagination: Secret Writing from Edgar Allan Poe to the Internet, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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