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Book Title: Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living|
The author of the book: Paul Collins
Date of issue: August 26th 2014
ISBN 13: 9780544261877
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 17.34 MB
Edition: New Harvest
Read full description of the books Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living:Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling “The Tell-Tale Heart” to “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”—the first modern detective story—to the iconic poem “The Raven.”
Poe’s life was one of unremitting hardship. His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three. Poe was thrown out of West Point, and married his beloved thirteen-year-old cousin, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-four. He was so poor that he burned furniture to stay warm. He was a scourge to other poets, but more so to himself.
In the hands of Paul Collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions. Collins illuminates Poe’s huge successes and greatest flop (a 143-page prose poem titled Eureka), and even tracks down what may be Poe’s first published fiction, long hidden under an enigmatic byline. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, Edgar Allan Poe is a spellbinding story about the man once hailed as “the Shakespeare of America.”
Read information about the authorPaul Collins is a writer specializing in history, memoir, and unusual antiquarian literature. His nine books have been translated into eleven languages, and include Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books (2003) and The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars (2011).
A frequent contributor to the "Histories" column of New Scientist magazine, Collins's other work includes pieces for the New York Times and Slate. He appears on NPR's Weekend Edition as its resident “literary detective” on odd and forgotten old books, and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Collins lives in Oregon, where he teaches creative nonfiction as an Associate Professor at Portland State University.
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