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Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance Paperback – December 23, 2008
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- Publisher : Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (December 23, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060923318
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060923310
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.95 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #650,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just like Silverman’s biography of Samuel Morse, this book is well-written. It flows easily, transitions between topics are smooth and clear (especially tough with Poe) and the combination of biography and literary selections from Poe are well-balanced. Silverman uses chronological dates in chapter headings to follow Poe’s life so at times he uses a time period to describe Poe’s personal experiences and then uses the same period in another chapter to discuss his literary output. This allows full development of some of Poe’s most productive years. During years or months when he combines the personal and the literary, the changes in topic are seamless. Like many of Poe’s friends the reader can develop real sympathy for this struggling man who, amidst a flood of self-deception, lies, alcoholism, and suicide attempts writes with a grasp of the English language that did and still does deeply move readers.
I highly recommend this biography of a man who wrote “outside the box” for his time and whose works can still inspire (and scare like crazy) modern readers.
I had no idea that so much was known about Edgar Allan Poe. I always thought that his life was a complete mystery from beginning to end, but this book reveals so much otherwise. From early life onward Poe’s dreams and losses are well chronicled. The existence of many personal letters and professional correspondences are most helpful. His hopes and despairs, his turbulent associations with relatives and publishers, and reflective personal moments have been well preserved on paper.
Poe was often at odds with his contemporary writers; copyright laws at the time were weak or nonexistent, which didn’t help him or anyone else at the time. As far as his fellow writers go, Poe could bite, and when he bit he bit hard as Mr. Longfellow found out. In that case, accusations of plagiarism flew about wildly, both ways, not necessarily word by word thefts but dishonest borrowing of ideas. Note that Poe didn't like writers who were born wealthy.
Many photographs are in the book, and of notable interest, we are given glimpses into the genesis of his more well-known works; on this note, the Raven is deservedly given special treatment; Poe declares his great poem wasn’t the product of spontaneous revelation but rather a construction of careful design.
His death still remains a mystery though, his final days are still cloudy; but I did notice there is a photograph of his final written letter, and the perfect penmanship on unlined paper and concise grammatical structure certainly doesn’t seem like the delusional ravings of an intoxicated madman who would be roaming about the streets at midnight just one week later. A fairly long biography for such an elusive personality, but the journey, once begun, is too interesting to seek shortcuts to the end.
Also, my copy arrived with the cover pages and the first 20 pages of the actual biography missing. All-in-all, I feel like it could have been half as long and twice as interesting. Read for an episode of my podcast, Hard Fried History.
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