Pictures of Ascent in the Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe

Hardcover | September 15, 2009

byDouglas Anderson

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With an unconventional new perspective, Anderson identifies Edgar Allan Poe's texts as a journey and explores the ways Poe both encounters and transcends the realm of the material. Beginning with Poe’s earliest short stories through his last fragment of imaginative prose, this book shows the path that Poe traveled as he came to understand how to transform “rudimentary” into “ultimate” life. Anderson skillfully argues that Poe’s response to the existential predicament of life lies at the heart of his achievement.

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With an unconventional new perspective, Anderson identifies Edgar Allan Poe's texts as a journey and explores the ways Poe both encounters and transcends the realm of the material. Beginning with Poe’s earliest short stories through his last fragment of imaginative prose, this book shows the path that Poe traveled as he came to underst...

Douglas Anderson is Sterling-Goodman Professor of English at the University of Georgia.  He is the author of A House Undivided: Domesticity and Community in American Literature; The Radical Enlightenments of Benjamin Franklin, and William Bradford’s Books: Of Plimmoth Plantation and the Printed Word, as well as a number of articles on...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619436

ISBN - 13:9780230619432

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Cosmos * Problems of Disposal * A Pneumatics of Mind * The Gravity of Things * The Kingdom of Inorganization * The Infected World at Large * Conclusion: Pictures of Ascent

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"This thorough examination of most of Poe's writing provides an important new perspective on Poe's creative techniques."--Choice “In prose that is as graceful as Poe's is typically tangled, Anderson explores Poe's lifelong quest to transcend the realm of the material, whether that realm is encountered as the human body, the scene of American culture, the workings of nature or the very language out of which literature is made.  Pictures of Ascent in the Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe is the work of a first-rate critical intelligence communing with one of the most fascinating minds in the American canon. Among the many things it exalts is the act of critical attention itself.”—Stephen Railton, Professor of English, University of Virginia