A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe

Paperback | January 4, 2001

EditorJ. Gerald Kennedy

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), son of itinerant actors, holds a secure place in the firmament of history as America's first master of suspense. Displaying scant interest in native scenes or materials, Edgar Allan Poe seems the most un-American of American writers during the era of literarynationalism; yet he was at the same time a pragmatic magazinist, fully engaged in popular culture and intensely concerned with the "republic of letters" in the United States. This Historical Guide contains an introduction that considers the tensions between Poe's "otherworldly" settings and hishistorically marked representations of violence, as well as a capsule biography situating Poe in his historical context. The subsequent essays in this book cover such topics as Poe and the American Publishing Industry, Poe's Sensationalism, his relationships to gender constructions, and Poe andAmerican Privacy. The volume also includes a bibliographic essay, a chronology of Poe's life, a bibliography, illustrations, and an index.

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), son of itinerant actors, holds a secure place in the firmament of history as America's first master of suspense. Displaying scant interest in native scenes or materials, Edgar Allan Poe seems the most un-American of American writers during the era of literarynationalism; yet he was at the same time a pragma...

J. Gerald Kennedy is Professor of English at Louisiana State University. He was a consultant and on-camera authority on Poe in the television special, "The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe," for Arts and Entertainment cable channel (Biography series).

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 4, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195121503

ISBN - 13:9780195121506

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J. Gerald Kennedy: Introduction: Poe in Our TimeJ. Gerald Kennedy: Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849: A Brief BiographyTerence Whalen: Poe and the American Publishing IndustryDavid Leverenz: Spanking the Master: Mind-Crossings in Poe's SensationalismLeland S. Person: Poe and Nineteenth-Century Gender ConstructionsLouis A. Renza: Poe and the Issue of American PrivacyILLUSTRATED CHRONOLOGYScott Peeples: Bibliographical Essay