Edgar Allan poe is one of the greatest poets and short story writers in American history.
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.
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 1 month 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 5 months ago by W. Roop
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 11 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
Poe: A Life Cut Short (Ackroyd's Brief Lives). Author: Peter Ackroyd. 224 pages. 2009.
My wife picked this book up on a recent library trip intending to read it as part... Read more
It is difficult to look at Edgar Allan Poe's 40 years of life and do anything other than appreciate it. Read morePublished on May 14, 2009 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith