Poe: A Life Cut Short (Ackroyd's Brief Lives #4)
Gothic, mysterious, theatrical, fatally flawed, and dazzling, the life of Edgar Allan Poe, one of Americaâ€™s greatest and most versatile writers, is the ideal subject for Peter Ackroyd. Poe wrote lyrical poetry and macabre psychological melodramas; invented the first fictional detective; and produced pioneering works of science fiction and fantasy. His innovative style, i...more
Este libro fue un comienzo para conocer al Poe de carne y hueso, al borracho, al apasionado por la muerte; aquél que, ...more
Não sendo deslumbrante, é eficaz na forma como monta o puzzle da vida de Edgar Allan Poe que, tal como a de Shakespeare (apesar de num nível diverso), tem várias e profundas lacunas que deixam muito espaço à especulação.
Vida atormentada, destino sombrio, compromisso com a desilusão, bipolaridade, miséria extrema… Poe ...more
I expected Poe to have a tragic life to justify his creepy, albeit brilliant writing. This is a man who early on decided he was a victim. He was adopted at age 2 by loving wealthy parents who saw to his every need and loved him as their own. He complained and was ungrateful EVERY step of the way. He would lie to people about his misfortune, and try to manipulate their sympathy and he did this for his entire 40 years. Finally ...more
And it also made me wanna travel back in time and hug this alcoholic, always-in-dept young P ...more
Look, I'm not saying Poe wasn't a great writer. But he doesn't seem to have been somebody I would want to be in the same room with. Not for even ten minutes. Unlike HP Lovecraft, where the more I found out the more fascinating he was, the more I found out about Poe, page by page, the less I wanted to know. But - a good biography, if you don't mind having your heroes revealed as whiny, self-involved alcoholics who wreck everything good in their lives and blame their failings on e ...more
I knew from reading anthology entries about Poe that he was an orphan, a hard drinker, and emotionally injured from losing his mother and his young wife to early deaths. (They both died at age 24.) But reading nearly 200 pages of detail about his life really painted a picture of a man in pain, a man who increasingly lost control of his life. His las ...more
That the loss of his parents, especially his mother, and the experience of orphanage influenced his life and work is here described very convincingl ...more
*Solidna, vredna, informativna knjiga: ako volite Poa (a ko ga ne voli?!) – ovo vredi imati.(*Dejan Ognjanović)
Anyways onto the book. I knew less than nothing about Poe's demise, how intriguing and yet befitting!
I am a sucker for Ackroyd though.
I like a little bit of doom and gloom and had read about Poe in articles over the years but, despite knowing of his love of drink and marrying a kid, I had no idea just how much of a bastard he was.
Selfish and greedy, desperately needy (it rhymes, would Poe have approved?) he wasn't som ...more
This accomplished entry in Ackroyd's "Short Lives" series will have the somewhat melancholy honor of being the last book that I ever purchased at Stacey's.
(Books reviewed in this article include: Poe, A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd, In the Shadow of the Master, Classic Poe Tales and Essays edited by Michael Connelly and On a Raven’s Wing, New Tales in Honor of Edgar Allan Poe edited by Stuart M. Kaminsky)
January 19, 2009 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe: poet, editor, literary critic and creator of fantasy, horror and mystery fiction. He is credited with inventing the detective novel genre. S ...more
Anyone interested in the life of Poe will be aware of the tremendous hype surrounding his death. It is a fact that he died in a state of delirium, and was found in this state only a week after he had cheerfully waved goodbye to his aunt from a steamboat bound from Richmond to Baltimore. This was the last sighting of Poe until he was found dying six days later in a dirty tavern. What happened during that missing week is a complete mystery; one ...more
El libro comienza de forma bastante narrativa pa ...more
Ackroyd's waspish, often acerbic style perfectly suits his subject although at times it was hard to work out whether he was sympathetic or frustrated with him.
However the certainty of his statements often left no doubt that there could be a contrary opinion. Having since read a bit more about Poe I can see that there ARE indeed lots of contrary opinions!
Poe is a short book, it does cover the major events of his life in some detail, but not in ...more
He was writing passionate and devoted letters to two women at ...more
Peter Ackroyd's mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby. He was reading newspapers by the age of 5 and, at 9, wrote a play about Guy Fawkes. Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age ...more