I found that this book did not really add anything new to what I needed to know about Poe.
There are some parts of the book that seem to drag, and if you are looking for exhaustive background on where Poe got the ideas for his stories you won't find it here.
He will quote in detail a first hand account given of Poe's actions and then show why such an account is highly unlikely.
An excellent brief introduction to Poe’s life, for those who just want a high level overview. Despite its brevity, Ackroyd isn’t afraid to voice his opinion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard J. Novotney
Ackroyd has clearly not set himself in competition with other biographers of Poe. We are not to expect from his book all there is to be gotten on its subject. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam Adams
This is a good, short biography of Poe, but it has a major problem: The print edition contains many pictures of people and locations discussed in the book - but the Kindle edition... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tom Murry
Peter Ackroyd writes with a great deal of intuition and a fine narrative drive. This is not--and wasn't intended to be--a work of groundbreaking research. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thomas
As a Poe biographer myself, I found this book to be extremely hearsay based. Lots of guess work by the author on how he felt and acted. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Alysia Johnson
Subsequent to reading Matthew Pearl's 'The Poe Shadow' - an historical novel exploring the untimely death of Poe - I read Peter Ackroyd's brief biography of Poe and it gave me... Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by A. G. Plumb
Edgar Allan poe is one of the greatest poets and short story writers in American history. And now thanks to this brilliant work, Peter Ackroyd tells the story of Poe's life like... Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Bobbie Joe
While I've loved Poe's writings I've really never read anything about his life until this book. While other reviewers have said this information could plainly be found elsewhere, I... Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Brian Reaves
Dianne Hunter's Review
Poe lived his short, unhappy life in financial poverty while desperately trying to be recognized as a superior person and literary artist. Read more