A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe

A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), son of itinerant actors, holds a secure place in the firmament of history as America's first master of suspense. Displaying scant interest in native scenes or materials, Edgar Allan Poe seems the most un-American of American writers during the era of literary nationalism; yet he was at the same time a pragmatic magazinist, fully engaged in popular culture and intensely concerned with the "republic of letters" in the United States. This Historical Guide contains an introduction that considers the tensions between Poe's "otherwordly" settings and his historically marked representations of violence, as well as a capsule biography situating Poe in his historical context. The subsequent essays in this book cover such topics as Poe and the American Publishing Industry, Poe's Sensationalism, his relationships to gender constructions, and Poe and American Privacy. The volume also includes a bibliographic essay, a chronology of Poe's life, a bibliography, illustrations, and an index.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 136.1 x 206.5 x 17mm | 358.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195121503
  • 9780195121506
  • 992,683

About J. Gerald Kennedy

J. Gerald Kennedy is Professor of English at Louisiana State University. He was a consultant and on-camera authority on Poe in the television special, "The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe," for Arts & Entertainment cable channel (Biography series).
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Table of contents

Introduction: Poe in Our Time J Gerald Kennedy ; Edgar Allan Poe: A brief Biography J Gerald Kennedy ; Poe and the American Publishing Industry Terence Whalen ; Spanking the Master: Mind-Body Crossings in POe's Sensationalism David Leverenz ; Poe and Nineteenth-Century Gender Constructions Leland S Person ; Poe and the Issue of American Privacy Louis A Renza ; Bibliographic Essay Scott Peeples ; Illustrated Chronology ; Bibliography ; Index
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