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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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Savanna rated it really liked it Oct 17, I read this by accident; reading on a Kindle offers both a blessing and curse of not being as able to judge a book by its cover. As much as I enjoyed it, I was relieved to find that a not insignificant portion of the book the end is appendices and references.

Edgar Allan Poe, a critical biography / by Arthur Hobson Quinn – Details – Trove

That is just to say that if you are an obsessive fan of Poe you will love all the information but if you want a simple biography of him I suggest you find a different book. In the process, he presents the reader, as no writer had done before and few have approached since, with the true life and personality of a great Am Edgar Allan Poe finally got the biographer he deserved in — almost a century after his death — when Arthur Hobson Quinn of the University of Pennsylvania published this masterpiece of literary biography.

John rated it really liked it Oct 20, 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 arghur from suffering and to have suffered from his success.


Edagr his mind, Poe was a wonderful person who the world destroyed with its hateful, unfair ways. I remember drawing in pencil a picture of a man with a “tell tale brain” as part of some follow-up activity for the former.

Steven Pascali rated it it was amazing Sep 29, Every reader who is interested in Edgar Allan Poe’s life and work should read this book.

A Critical Biography, Arthur Hobson Quinn While reading this on the train one day, a man sitting next to me leaned over and said, “Isn’t that the guy who married his cousin? Allen Snippet view – Apr 16, Rhonda rated it it was amazing. Quinn is, ironically, at his weakest when discussing Poe’s aolan although his chapter on “Eureka” is interesting. Poe’s writing, but did not realize he was arfhur a poet and a critic also.

It is as if some people find that image too cool, too grungy, too Goth, to let go of. Sean S Lask rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Books by Arthur Hobson Quinn.

Edgar Allan Poe

I felt sorry for Edgar, if this book is anything like his real life as biographies should be. Klaudija rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Unfortunately the same can be said of Poe’s own end, no zing intended.

Poe is my favorite poet and author. Although this seventy-year-old book is inevitably somewhat dated, it is still by far the most intelligent biography of Poe that has yet to appear. It’ll be a short time before I need to get my hands on another biography of Poe so I can read more of those.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 15, Linda rated it liked it. Refresh and try again. I don’t write edgr reviews, as I don’t write them well.


Best read if you crktical familiar with the wide range of Poe’s poetry and prose. Edhar anyone interested in learning about Poe, this is indisputably the place to start. 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.

Biographer Quinn spent years studying the man, went to great lengths to acquire even the most seemingly inane artifacts accounting ledgers from Poe’s stint at West Pointand leaves no detail unrevealed in his quest to cut to the heart of his subject.

Only after reading the story several times through did I understand she had a sense of humor. Yet today, the Poe-as-villain image fostered by Griswold still endures. This is one of the strongest arguments for reading it at all; Quinn had to know the length of his book would not work to his favor, and yet he exhaustively pursued facts to great lengths.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If you’re ever in the mood to read a page biography of Edgar Allan Poe, biotraphy God, read this book. An excellent compilation of material on Poe’s life. I loved reading about one of my favorite authors, and the collections of letters to and from Poe included in this biography were extraordinarily interesting.