Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography (Paperback)

Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography By Arthur Hobson Quinn, Shawn James Rosenheim (Introduction by) Cover Image
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Now in paperback--the classic, monumental biography of Poe by Arthur Hobson Quinn.

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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780801857300
ISBN-10: 0801857309
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date: December 26th, 1997
Pages: 864
Language: English