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Poe : a life cut short, Peter Ackroyd

Label
Poe : a life cut short
Title
Poe
Title remainder
a life cut short
Statement of responsibility
Peter Ackroyd
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Peter Ackroyd's life of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) opens with his end, his final days. No one knows what happened between the moment when friends saw him off on the steamboat to Baltimore and his discovery, raving in a tavern, six days later, by which time he was already dying. This mystery sets the scene for a short life packed with drama and tragedy (drink and poverty) combined with extraordinary brilliance. Tennyson described him as 'the most original genius that America has produced'." "Poe served as a soldier and began his literary career composing verses modelled on Byron. Soon he was trying out his 'prose tales' - often horror melodramas such as 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. He wrote for and edited a number of literary magazines, and was influential among critics and writers of the American South. His versatile writings - including for example 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and 'The Raven' -continue to resonate down the centuries." "Poe has been claimed as the forerunner of modern fantasy, and credited with the invention of psychological dramas (before Freud), science fiction (before H. G. Wells and Jules Verne) and the detective story (before Arthur Conan Doyle). He influenced European romanticism and was the harbinger of both Symbolism and Surrealism. Peter Ackroyd, who places significance on Poe's childhood (his travelling actor parents were miserably poor, his mother had TB and he was orphaned), claims that Poe found his family among writers - writers not only of his time bur of the future generations who were influenced by the power of his imagination. Poe's life was Gothic, theatrical, fatally flawed, dark, dazzling, destructive, satirical and inventive."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
Explores Poe's literary accomplishments and legacy against the background of his erratic, dramatic, and sometimes sordid life, including his marriage to his thirteen-year-old cousin and his much-written-about problems with gambling and alcohol
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
293529
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ackroyd, Peter
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Authors, American
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a life cut short
Label
Poe : a life cut short, Peter Ackroyd
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [162]-163) and index
Control code
000042947853
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
170 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780701169886
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Poe : a life cut short, Peter Ackroyd
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [162]-163) and index
Control code
000042947853
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
170 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780701169886
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill.

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