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Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe
The popular Poe--The Raven, Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat--has inspired a generation of readers long disenchanted with the normative tradition of American literature. But is the popular Poe--incessantly drinking, drug-addicted, and entranced by the terror of death--the real Poe? Harry Lee Poe contends that, for more than two centuries, the great myth of Edgar Allan Poe ha ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published April 9th 2012 by Baylor University Press
(first published March 15th 2012)
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Part biography and part polemic, this close look at the Edgar Allan Poe's life (written by the descendant of one of his cousins) is full of interesting tidbits. It's also very tiresome. The author is at his best when he’s writing about Poe’s life story and the ways it has been distorted. His case against Rufus Griswold’s attempts to hijack Poe’s reputation after his death is especially compelling, as are his efforts to cut through the mystique and legend of Poe to reveal a real person of good ma ...more