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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Edgar Allan Poe

Thought I had read all of Mr. In his mind, Poe was a wonderful person who the world destroyed with its hateful, unfair ways. 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 purchased the book several months ago and did just that; it was only because I had nothing else to read that I gave it another chance. Jul 05, Sharon Buxton rated it it was ok. Rosenheim is an associate professor of English at Williams College.

Poe wasn’t a perfect man, but who among us are? Wolf rated it really liked it May 30, Unfortunately the same can be allqn of Poe’s own end, no zing intended.

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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. Such a drug induced genius he must of been.

Wow, this took me a month Nov 26, Anastacia rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is certainly true that Quinn spends an awful lot of time on tedious details, the most unfortunate of which is the book’s own beginning.


I had a teacher in fifth grade English who had our class read several of Poe’s short stories.

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Rosenheim is an associate professor of English edagr Williams College. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Savanna rated it really liked it Oct 17, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For those who can get through the beginning, I think it’s an extraordinary read.

Arthur Hobson Quinn is also the author of American Fiction: 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. Allen Snippet view – Goodreads helps criticxl keep track of books you want to read. He is tender but fair. Hope he is now resting in peace.

Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

The book seamlessly combines a chronological account of Poe’s personal and professional life with tidbits of letters, photos, and personal correspondence that reveal the fragile, sensitive, self-possessed, bitter, tender, arrogant, artistic genius that Poe was. Arthur Hobson Quinn is also the author of American Fiction: Good read, not sure I believe every aspect of this book, again a historical biography.

Steven Pascali rated it it was amazing Sep 29, 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 the themes of his fiction, but the high ambition and persistence Poe showed in pursuing the profession of authorship throughout the course of that life.


But don’t expect to get it done this decade. It’s also a lesson to all of us that words and insults are powerful and the wounds they cause may never heal.

Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn’s biography devotes itself meticulously to facts. I’m at a loss for words to defend such a complaint, but it made my day. Aug 31, Undine rated it it was amazing.

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 critixal Rue Morgue,” Edgar Allan Poe seems to have derived his success from suffering and to have suffered from his success.

Yet today, the Poe-as-villain image fostered by Griswold still endures. Good but dry bio of Poe.

Based on exhaustive research in the Poe biograhy archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend, and describes how they both were distorted by prior biographies. Bailey Jarnagin rated it it was amazing Oct 09, I had to go back and re-read some passages several times to figure out what the biographer was trying to say.

Dec 07, Katie McVay rated it it was amazing.