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When a biography of a life is this, and especially in Poe's case, it seemed like the same old scene over and over again; Poe's publication disappointments, him being ill and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie L.
Very poor quality..... the extent of the damage was not specified in the description.Published 20 months ago by Megan M. Caldwell
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 23 months 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 on July 28, 2014 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 on April 2, 2014 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 on October 21, 2013 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