Edgar Allan Poe : a critical biography / by Arthur Hobson Quinn ; with a new foreword by Shawn Rosenheim.

by Quinn, Arthur Hobson, 1875-1960Looking glass; Rosenheim, ShawnLooking glass.

Publisher: Baltimore Md. ; John Hopkins University Press, 1998.Edition: John Hopkins paperback edition.Description: xxiv, 804 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0801857309; 9780801857300.Subject(s): Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849Looking glass | Authors, American -- 19th century -- BiographyLooking glassNote: Originally published: New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1941.Note: Bibliography: pages 763-770. - Includes index.
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Now in paperback--the classic, monumental biography of Poe by Arthur Hobson Quinn.

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. "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" have been read as signs of his personal obsessions, and "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Descent into the Maelstrom" as symptoms of his own mental collapse. Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe's life. Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn's biography devotes itself meticulously to facts. 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.


Originally published: New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1941.

Bibliography: pages 763-770. - Includes index.

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Arthur Hobson Quinn (1875-1960) is also the author of American Fiction: An Historical and Critical Survey and History of the American Drama . Shawn J. Rosenheim is an associate professor of English at Williams College. He is the author of The Cryptographic Imagination: Secret Writing from Edgar Allan Poe to the Internet , also available from Johns Hopkins.