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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In one of the most unfortunate decisions ever made by a major American writer, Poe chose a long-time enemy, one Rufus Griswold, to serve as his literary executor.

Open Preview See a Problem? It’s utterly fascinating and frustratingly good. Quinn diligently sought out all the primary-source documents then available regarding Poe and his life and times. What a sad man he also must have been. It’s a shame, because so many readers myself included will yobson impatient and will shelve the book out of complete boredom. He doesn’t need to be sorry for his “sins” and we do not need to pretend he was some sort of hero in his personal life.

She realized immediately that I biorgaphy fallen in “book love” and gave me a paperback copy of some of her favorites. Return to Book Page. He is the author of The Cryptographic Imagination: Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe’s life.

I wish I could recapture all I have recklessly said in praise of other books and concentrate it here.


Edgar Allan Poe

I read this by accident; reading on I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them well. That doesn’t make him a terrible person, he doesn’t need defending. The story of Mr. Poe’s writing, but did not realize he was really a poet and a critic ecgar. Sep 04, Penny rated it really liked it.

Oct 30, Julia Harris rated it it was amazing. Against this tide of fancy, biogarphy, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn’s biography devotes itself meticulously to facts. Savanna rated it really liked it Oct 17, I am happy I didn’t realize its length until much later or I’d have missed a tremendous opportunity to dig in to Quinn’s meticulously researched presentment of the “true” life of one of history’s finest minds.

I’m at a loss for words to defend such a aolan, but it made my day. Jan 19, Paul Haspel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not only does he detail his life using accurate and reliable sources, Quinn lays to rest many false rumors perpetuated by Griswold systematically and effectively.

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

Wow, this took me a month Quinn edgxr the most comprehensive analysis of Edgar Allan Poe than anything else I have come across. These truths are indeed far less exciting to contemptuous minds, but he reported the life of Poe with conviction. I am obsessed with EAP and love learning more and more about him, but this book has almost too much information. For those who can get through the beginning, I think it’s an extraordinary read.

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With all that said, I definitely recommend this biography for anyone who wants a thorough depiction of Poet’s life. Nov 26, Anastacia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hope he is now resting in peace. Oct 15, Jimmie rated it really liked it.

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With all that said, I definitely recommend this biography for anyone wh Wow Aug 31, Undine rated it it was amazing. Rosenheim is an associate professor of English at Williams College. Nov 28, Lilah rated it really liked it. I don’t really enjoy putting those feelings and stirrings into actual words, anyway. Books by Arthur Hobson Quinn. Gerafounder rated it it was ok May 21, Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn’s biography devotes itself meticulously to facts.

It is certainly true that Quinn spends an awful lot of time on tedious details, the most unfortunate of which is the book’s own beginning. How does one explain that to a stranger on the train without first highlighting Poe’s extremely complicated relationship with his foster family who adopted him after both of his parents died?

Good read, not sure I believe every aspect of this book, again a historical biography.

Seldom have I read, ctitical rapt attention, pages about one subject, as I did here. There are about pages of appendices, bibliography, and footnotes.