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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Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn’s biography devotes itself meticulously to facts.

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Refresh and try again. I spent hours drawing his brain and the plants surrounding the walking man, and ran out of time so only had time to color in the brain, red of course.

aethur Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There is such a thing as too many details, and here Quinn fails. Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe’s life. Klaudija rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Hope he is now resting in peace. Arthur Hobson Quinn with a new introduction by Shawn Rosenheim.

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Only after reading the story several times through did I understand she had a sense of humor. I have taught him for many years but have always had questions about him and his esoteric life. They were married and loved each other, but we http: I read this by accident; reading on I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them well.

Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography by Arthur Hobson Quinn

Other editions – View all Edgar Allan Poe: He had such a sad life and then to have his reputation destroyed by lies was heartbreaking. I don’t see him trying to prove the rumors false because of sheer idolatry, I see this as the work of a true scholarly historian: They were married and loved each other, but were not “in love” in a romantic sense of the word, according to my interpretation of Quinn’s analysis. Sep 10, Walker rated it really liked it.

Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn’s biography devotes itself meticulously to facts. Lists with This Book.

It’s utterly fascinating and frustratingly good. Such a drug induced genius he must of been.

I object to comments that suggest that Quinn merely worked to discredit every slander against Poe. Dec 07, Katie McVay rated it it was amazing. After reading this we went to Baltimore, rode by his house, and grave. Want to know Mr. Want to Read saving…. John rated it really liked it Oct 20, Now must read his poetry. Wow, this took me a month There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In my mind, it is a stunning offering of judiciousness and integrity in a sea of cheap recitation of supposed scandal and ill-repute.

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Best read if you are familiar with the wide range of Poe’s poetry and prose.

Edgar Allan Poe

Jul 05, Sharon Buxton rated it it was ok. If you’re ever in the mood to read a page biography of Edgar Allan Poe, by God, read this book.

Nov 28, Lilah rated it really liked it. I believe this is still considered the definitive biography of Poe. There are about pages of appendices, bibliography, and footnotes. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

She realized immediately that I had fallen in “book love” and gave me a paperback copy of some of her aolan. I have that book around here somewhere, and have pulled it out every few years criticall remind myself of those first favorites. Oct 30, Julia Harris rated it it was amazing.

For anyone interested in learning about Poe, this is indisputably the place to start. If I knew, I don’t think I would have bought it in the first place.

Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

Feb 25, Sharyl rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thought I had read all of Mr. Sep 04, Penny rated it really liked it. I respectfully disagree that one must be “hyper-literate” to understand Quinn’s writing.