A biography of Edgar Allan Poe becomes at once an exercise in discrimination. Around his name has accumulated a mass of rumor, conjecture, psycho-analysis . Edgar Allan Poe has 83 ratings and 16 reviews. Anastacia said: I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them well. I find it difficult to describe ho. Based on exhaustive research in the Poe family archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend and describes how they both were distorted by early biographies .

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Extraordinarily well researched and comprehensive, this ‘s biography of Edgar Allan Poe dismisses effectively many of the misconceptions about Poe and his life. Lists with This Book. These truths are indeed far less exciting to contemptuous minds, but he reported the life of Poe with atrhur.

Other editions – View all Edgar Allan Poe: I find it difficult to describe how I feel about a work of creativity — for me it’s like describing what water tastes like.

Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn’s biography devotes itself meticulously to facts.

Poe wasn’t a perfect man, but who among us are? Now must read his poetry.

Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

Nov 26, Anastacia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe’s life.

With all that said, I definitely recommend this biography for anyone wh Wow By and large as a voracious reader, I am loathe to make such a commitment. alaln


They were married and loved each other, but were not “in love” in a romantic sense of the word, according to my interpretation of Quinn’s analysis. I purchased the book several months ago and did just that; it was only because I had nothing else to read that I gave it another chance. However, his book provides the most clear-eyed and rational view of Poe as a person available in print. Quinn diligently sought out all the primary-source documents then available regarding Poe and his life and times.

I think you should let me read the book.

Edgar Allan Poe

Rosenheim is an associate professor of English at Williams College. Selected pages Title Page.

Based on exhaustive research in the Poe family archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend, and describes how they both were distorted by prior biographies. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Biographer Quinn spent years studying the man, went to great lengths to acquire even the most seemingly inane artifacts accounting ledgers from Poe’s stint at West Pointand leaves no detail unrevealed in his quest to cut to the heart of his subject.

There is such a thing as too many details, and here Quinn fails.

Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography – Arthur Hobson Quinn – Google Books

As for the later, I vividly remember the teacher saying, “I hate cats” and as an animal lover being extraordinarily alarmed. Open Preview See a Problem? Renowned as the creator of the detective story and a master of horror, the author of “The Red Mask of Death,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Murders of the Rue Morgue,” Edgar Allan Poe seems to have derived his success from suffering and to have suffered from his success.


Kelsey Fiedler rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Rene Bard rated it really liked it Oct 21, Rosenheim is an associate professor of English at Williams College.

That is just to say that if you are an obsessive fan of Poe you will love all the information but if you want a simple biography of him I suggest you find a different book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Only after reading the story several times through did I understand she had a sense of humor.

I remember drawing in pencil a picture of a man with a “tell tale brain” as part of some follow-up activity for the former. Good but dry bio of Poe. Quinn adroitly examines Poe’s life and writings and while it is clear he deeply admired the man, there is no hesitation by Quinn to point out Poe’s faults and weaknesses. In my mind, it is a stunning offering of judiciousness and integrity in a sea of cheap recitation of supposed scandal and ill-repute.

Jan 26, Melody rated it really liked it.