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Paul 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.

I've added scans below of the original publication of the 3 Poe stories that I questioned at the New Yorker. The scans are from the plates in the 1926 volume Poe's Brother; they can also be found on microform, though the quality on those is rather poor.

I've left any original printing errors in my transcriptions, without comment; however, if you notice an actual transcription error in the posts... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.67 · 11,186 ratings · 1,541 reviews · 11 distinct works · Similar authors
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Sixpence House: Lost in a T...

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Duel with the Devil: The Tr...

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Not Even Wrong: Adventures ...

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Banvard's Folly: Thirteen T...

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Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever ...

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The Book of William: How Sh...

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The Trouble with Tom: The S...

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Community Writing

3.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2001 — 5 editions
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“Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you're destroying the peg.”
Paul Collins

“Think of it: a disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing. … But autism … is as much about what is abundant as what is missing, an over-expression of the very traits that make our species unique.”
Paul Collins, Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism

“If a book cover has raised lettering, metallic lettering, or raised metallic lettering, then it is telling the reader: Hello. I am an easy-to-read work on espionage, romance, a celebrity, and/or murder. To readers who do not care for such things, this lettering tells them: Hello. I am crap.
Paul Collins, Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books

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