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The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe
Controversies abound in studies of Edgar Allan Poe. From the time of his death well into the twentieth century, partisans debated the issue of his character: was he an alcoholic? drug addict? pathological liar? necrophile? In the 1920s and 30s, psychoanalytic critics sought to divorce the study of Poe from Victorian moral concerns but in the process made scandalous claims ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published November 28th 2003 by Camden House (NY)
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Feb 11, 2015 Phil rated it liked it · review of another edition
Peeples’s book provides a fascinating overview of literary criticism of Poe since his death. It’s a fairly short book, so likely doesn’t cover every little thing, but seems to hit the major areas of Poe scholarship (though to be fair, I’m not a scholar by any means so Peeples could be leaving out a whole lot of stuff and I wouldn’t know). Peeples does a good job of explaining the major players and what their points were. He also writes in an accessible way, so the book is hardly ever boring. The ...more