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A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe (Historical Guides to American Authors)

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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 literary nationalism; 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 his historically 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 and American Privacy. The volume also includes a bibliographic essay, a chronology of Poe's life, a bibliography, illustrations, and an index.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-231) and index.

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Poe in Our Time, J. Gerald Kennedy

Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849: A Brief Biography, J. Gerald Kennedy

Poe and the American Publishing Industry, Terence Whalen

Spanking the Master: Mind-Crossings in Poe's Sensationalism, David Leverenz

Poe and Nineteenth-Century Gender Constructions, Leland S. Person

Poe and the Issue of American Privacy, Louis A. Renza

ILLUSTRATED CHRONOLOGY

Bibliographical Essay, Scott Peeples

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195121506
Editor:
Kennedy, J. Gerald
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Kennedy, J. Gerald
Author:
Kennedy, J. Gerald
Author:
null, J. Gerald
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
History
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | 19th C
Subject:
Literature and society -- United States.
Subject:
Poe, Edgar Allan
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Historical Guides to American Authors (Paperback)
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 in 0.7 lb

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