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Essays and Reviews

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This is the most complete collection of Poe's essays and reviews ever published in a single volume.

Here are all his major writings on the theory of poetry, the art of fiction, and the duties of a critic:"The Rationale of Verse","The Philosophy of Composition","The Poetic Principle", and "About Critics and Criticism". These essays, articulating Poe's passion for technical p
Hardcover, 1544 pages
Published August 15th 1984 by Library of America (first published 1848)
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Jul 06, 2011 Tony rated it liked it
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Poe, Edgar Allan. ESSAYS AND REVIEWS. (2011). ***.
This collection by The Library of America should help all of us readers to perfect the art of skimming. The first section gives us a samping of Poe’s essays on a variety of topics that proved to be – in the main – of little interest to me. The next section offered criticisms of either specific books or general writings of British authors. Here is where the skimming exercises starts. I started to read each article, most of them five to seven page
Feb 28, 2016 Humphrey rated it liked it
I'm reading out of the periodicals themselves, so marking this as a "book" is somewhat of lie, but a justifiable one given the amount of content. Poe's criticism is Janus-faced yet always revealing -- both of its subjects and its author. Also, he was a tremendous ass. Great fun.
Jun 02, 2009 Jason is currently reading it
Definitely the sort of anthology made for dipping in to, rather than steamrolling through from cover to cover. For one thing, it's thematically rather than chronologically organized, so it doesn't provide a sequential sense of Poe's development. And his development is the best thing to map with this collection. It shows how very carefully and exactly considered his poetry and prose really was. It's a marvel to contrast the sobriety of his critiques with the alleged squalor of his life. What's ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Kristi rated it really liked it
I have only read selections from this volume, but I will look forward to returning to it in the future. Poe is popular known for his short stories and poems, not as much for his substantial career as one of America's foremost literary critics and theorists. This volume gives us that Edgar Allan Poe. The particular selections I read gave me a new insight into his fictional pieces and his method as a literary artist.
Craig Bolton
Edgar Allan Poe : Essays and Reviews : Theory of Poetry / Reviews of British and Continental Authors / Reviews of American Authors and American Literature / Magazines and Criticism / The Literary & Social Scene / Articles and Marginalia (Library of America) by Edgar Allan Poe (1984)
Jan 13, 2008 Peter rated it it was amazing
Poe's literary battles with Longfellow are included here, and are hilarious. He's a very observant critic, and can be very cutting, as in 'cutting away the bull.'
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The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of ...more
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