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Poe: A Life Cut Short

Poe: A Life Cut Short (Paperback)

By Ackroyd, Peter

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Edgar Allan Poe served as a soldier and began his literary career composing verses modelled on Byron; soon he was trying out his 'prose-tales' - often horror melodramas such as The Fall of the House of Usher . As editor of the Literary Messenger he was influential among critics a...nd writers of the American South. His versatile writings - including, for example, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Raven - continue to resonate down the centuries. Peter Ackroyd's biography of Poe opens with his end, his final days - no one knows what happened between the time when friends saw him off on the steam-boat to Baltimore and his discovery six days later dying in a tavern. This mystery sets the scene for a short life packed with drama and tragedy (drink and poverty) combined with extraordinary brilliance.Poe has been claimed as the forerunner of modern fantasy, and credited with the invention of psychological dramas (long before Freud), science fiction (before H.G. Wells and Jules Verne) and the detective story (before Arthur Conan Doyle). Tennyson described him as 'the most original genius that America has produced'. He influenced European romanticism and was the harbinger of both Symbolism and Surrealism. Peter Ackroyd, who places significance on Poe's childhood (his travelling actor parents were miserably poor, his mother had TB and he was orphaned), claims that Poe found his family among writers - writers not only of his time but of the future generations who were influenced by the power of his imagination.
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ISBN 9780099287674
Released NZ 1 Apr 2009
Publisher Vintage
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780099287674
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), Allow 8-12 weeks due to Covid 19 freight delays
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Released 1 Apr 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Ackroyd, Peter
Category Biography & Autobiography
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 813.3
Weight 150g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Authors, American - 19th century, Poe, Edgar Allan
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade