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Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance Paperback – December 23, 2008
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Silverman's finely detailed yet compulsively readable account of Poe's life is equally engrossing. The book's title is the most sensationalistic thing about it, for Silverman pursues the facts and spectualtions about Poe with deep scholarly interest but objective, rational distance--and yet he relays it all with a novelist's drive. He allows the unremittingly frustrating commingling of tragedy and success in Poe's life speak for itself. Though this is a book to be read from cover to cover, you can nonethless pick it up anywhere and find yourself immediately involved. Silverman capture's Poe's person and his art with balance and intensity in his solid biography.
The biography is 447 pages with 73 pages of chapter notes and Appendices that summarize some of Poe's works, but it reads very quickly. The text is divided into 46 chapters of about ten pages each with the dates being covered at the top so it is easy to follow and to read in short time blocks like lunch breaks. It is "reader friendly" in other words. It is scholarly but not inaccessible. It is also a fair account. Silverman does not gloss over or ignore Poe's faults but also does not dwell on them and puts some of his actions in context (i.e. his marriage to his 13 year-old cousin and his womanizing after--and even before--her death is not as promiscuous as it seems). It is not a sycophantic account either.Read more ›
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I haven't read it yet. I was prompted to buy this book after listening to the Broadway musical soundtrack of Nevermore. Just curious about Edgar Allan Poe. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Vickie L. Morgan
Truly a great book on Poe. There is so much information that I would never have dreamed of knowing. It's very interesting to connect his real life to his writings so I would... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amparo Lou
Ehh...how do you make Edgar Allen Poe boring. Buy this book and you'll find out. I keep this on my nightstand for when I need something to help me sleep.Published 5 months ago by JOSHUA DAVID TITUS
... Never more will I purchase a book at a souvenir shop when Amazon dealers abound! Ordered this book for a song post-trip and can't wait to read about Poe"s connection to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Marty
An excellent book. I had the feeling as I read it that the author had a thorough understanding of Poe, and presented him well. Read morePublished 7 months ago by francis lemfield
This books tells you amazing details that not even documentaries can't even tell you. (well if they had it would just take too long!) I just love this book. Must read!Published 8 months ago by j. pezzella
Kenneth Silverman writes some of the most complete, readable biographiesPublished 13 months ago by William