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Poe Hardcover – March 23, 2005

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A biography revealing as never before Poe's southern gentility and his vast influence on literature and letters

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: University of Mississippi Press (March 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578067219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578067213
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,631,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Mundi on November 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There is no gentler way to put it: This book is astonishingly bad, even by the generally low standards of Poe biography. Of all the recent books about the writer, this one takes the prize for the most numerous and egregious factual errors, and the analyses of Poe's life and writings are virtually worthless. It is notable, however, for one of the most exquisite howlers I've seen in any published book. Towards the end of the biography, Hutchisson writes:

"After expressing her anguish over Poe's death in the October letter to Muddy, Poe's last love, Elmira Royster Shelton, entered into a discreet silence on all matters about the author for twenty-six years. She broke it only in 1875, when she granted an interview to Edward V. Valentine, of Richmond, who tape-recorded her statements. After Elmira's death on 11 February 1888, the recording was placed in the Valentine Museum in Richmond, where it remains today."

Valentine did indeed leave written notes about a conversation he claimed to have had with Mrs. Shelton, but a "tape-recording?" In 1875??

The fact that Hutchisson could not only write these lines, but that who knows how many editors and fact-checkers let this actually get into print says all we need to know about the abysmal state of Poe scholarship.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Calamia on October 30, 2007
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I've just finished reading James M. Hutchisson's biography entitled "POE."
Naturally, there were numerous exciting tidbits and facts about Poe that Hutchisson gives to the reader. Many of these things were truly interesting to me, especially for someone who is not as familiar with his personal life as many students of literature probably are. After all, his relationship and marriage to his 13 year old cousin, Virginia would raise the eye brow of any reader!

Hutchisson has a way of performing an in-depth psychological autospy of Poe using his sharp literary scalpel. Hutchisson uses many references of historical records, newspaper clippings, and other writings to dissect this ...this enigma, known as Edgar Alan Poe.

The author's knowledge of the subject is evident throughout the book. His passion seeps through the pages like spilled ink onto blotter paper. However, at times the author seems to make statements regarding Poe which are more of a "professional-guess" rather than ..."something truly known."

Never before had I realized what an egotistical narcissist Poe truly was! Despite his gifted writing abilities he was apparently a "human leach" who never tired of sucking the financial life-blood from friends, family, and anyone else he could attach himself to. Apparently he saw himself as the "poster-child" of a Southern Aristocrat. Poe obviously, would have made a superb logo for "Kentucky Fried Chicken" rather than Col. Sanders.

The author does a superb job of tracking the movements of Poe from city to city, publisher to publisher, and relationship to relationship. However, not withstanding his research ability, I personally found the book slow and cumbersome which ultimately left me...bored.

I enjoy Poe's poetry, and classical short stories, but as for this particular biography..."Never More."
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on February 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Great. No Problems.
I foudn this book to HAVE A lot of information, still for sale.. ;)
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