Paul Collins

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Paul Collins is a writer specializing in history, memoir, and unusual antiquarian literature. His ten books have been translated into a dozen 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). He lives in Oregon, where he is Chair and Professor of English at Portland State University.

Scans Added of the Poe Stories

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 post Read more of this blog post »
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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.”
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“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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