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Edgar Allan Poe

Morton, Brian2010
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The United States was only two decades old when Edgar Allan Poe was born. He stands at the very beginning of American literature, an orphaned, rootless haunted man who in just 40 years gave short story writing its modern cast. He pioneered detective fiction and wrote some of the most memorable lyric poems in the English language. Poe's life was riven by scandal: endless conflict with his foster-father, disgrace at university and in the army, marrying his 13-year-old cousin, episodes of drunkenness and fierce personal rivalries with fellow writers and editors.Even Poe's death was gothic and mysterious, the theories ranging from rabies to murder. In this short Life and Times biography, Brian Morton attempts to put the Poe legend in context and in doing so reveals one of the most important and influential writers of modern times in his true light.
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Edgar Allan Poe / Brian Morton
London : Haus Publishing, 2010
197 p. ; 21 cm ; pbk
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