Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance

Edgar A Poe Mournful and Never ending Remembrance From a Pulitzer Prize winning biographer the most revealing fascinating and important biography of one of our greatest literary figures

  • Title: Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance
  • Author: Kenneth Silverman
  • ISBN: 9780060923310
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • From a Pulitzer Prize winning biographer, the most revealing, fascinating, and important biography of one of our greatest literary figures.

    Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe p o born Edgar Poe January , October , was an American writer, editor, and literary critic Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. Edgar Allan Poe Poems, Quotes Death Biography Edgar Allan Poe January , to October , was an American writer, poet, critic and editor best known for evocative short stories and poems that captured the imagination and interest of Edgar Allan Poe Biography Facts Britannica Apr , Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe, born January , , Boston, Massachusetts, U.S died October , , Balti, Maryland , American short story writer, poet, critic, and editor who is famous for his cultivation of mystery and the Edgar Allan Poe Poetry Foundation Edgar Allan Poe Poe s stature as a major figure in world literature is primarily based on his ingenious and profound short stories, poems, and critical theories, which established a highly influential rationale for the short form in both poetry and fiction Regarded in Edgar Allan Poe Poet Academy of American Poets Edgar Allan Poe John Allan, a prosperous tobacco exporter, sent Poe to the best boarding schools and later to the University of Virginia, where Poe excelled academically After less than one year of school, however, he was forced to leave the university when Allan refused to pay Poe s gambling debts. Edgar Allan Poe Museum Poe s life, legacy, and Works Poe Museum Collections Explore treasures from the Poe Museum The Richmond Poe Museum houses and displays the largest museum collection of Poe memorabilia in the world. Edgar Allan Poe Biography and Works Search Texts, Read Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe , American poet, critic, short story writer, and author of such macabre works as The Fall of the House of Usher I looked upon the scene before me upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features Edgar Allan Poe Society of Balti The Life and The Writings of Edgar Allan Poe The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe A comprehensive collection of e texts of all of Poe s prose and poetical writings, from the original sources and with multiple versions as revised during his lifetime includes poems, tales, The Still Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe History Oct , Cooping Others believe that Poe fell victim to a practice known as cooping, a method of voter fraud practiced by gangs in the th century where an unsuspecting victim would be kidnapped, disguised and forced to vote for a specific candidate multiple times under multiple disguised identities. Poems by Edgar Allan Poe Written while Poe was at West Point, Israfel is a poem in eight stanzas of varying lengths that was first published in April in Poems of Edgar A Poe It was re worked and republished for the August issue of the Southern Literary Messenger.

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    • Poe. Ugh! Nevermore! Just kidding. Sort of. I’ll always read the great stories over and over again. They are, to my mind, essential parts of American fiction, and foundational material when considering the history of the Weird Tale. But the life of the man, after reading Kenneth Silverman’s biography, now holds for me little interest. Biographer’s can of course get their subject wrong, or even lose it by making their book a literary hit job (a method Poe would of appreciated – as long as [...]


    • Perhaps nothing better illustrates the lamentable state of Poe scholarship than the fact that this shallow, dismal book is the leading modern biography of the man. Silverman's sole method of chronicling Poe's life and personality is a sort of crude, outmoded pop psychology that merely serves to trivialize his subject, and he seems incapable of seeing Poe's writings--among the most esoteric, complex, and impersonal works in our literature--as anything but one-dimensional autobiography.There are m [...]


    • Wow, this was just depressing; and I'm not talking about Edgar Allan Poe's life. If this book had actually been able to capture the despair, beauty, romanticism, and eeriness of Poe's life and career this book would have been depressing for a whole other reason, and would also have a 5 star rating from me.Instead, this book gives me boring, insipid facts about Poe's adoptive parents' trading industry, speaks very little of Poe's wife, who was probably one of the biggest idols in his life and ser [...]


    • Edgar Allan Poe led a shambling, messy life filled with emotional breakdowns, strange interpersonal relationships, appalling poverty, and a predeliction for the bottle which probably ultimately proved fatal. Kenneth Silverman is the author of the Pulitizer-Prize winning book, "The Life and Times of Cotton Mather", a biography of perhaps the only New England Puritan whose name is familiar to most Americans. For lovers of history and biography, Poe and Silverman are a marriage made in heaven. The [...]


    • Talk about a well-written biography. before reading this I had the standard basic idea of what Poe was like: moody, goth-y, wrote a few good poems & stories, obsessed with death. Now that I've finished the book I feel that I have this deep sense of empathy and sympathy for him, even while realizing what an utterly self-defeating screw-up he often was. (Or perhaps it's *because* I now realize this.) Ultimately I have what seems to be a greater sense of his humanity. I get that this feeling of [...]


    • A solid biography of a sad, often pathetic, literary life. I was only peripherally familiar with some of Poe's story and, like many readers, had been suckered by some of the stories that had been maliciously spread as fact over the last 200 years (i.e. Poe's expulsion from West Point, his drug use) -- most of which, as it turns out, were completely false and part of a concerted effort by a rival to slur his reputation.Silverman cuts through the gauze of slanderous or puffed biographies, missing [...]


    • Very good at sheading light on the many hidden corners of Poe's life. It seemed like tragedy was his constant companion. Poe created many of the genres like the Mystery book that we know today. His mission was to elevate American literature through his often harsh critiques.Making a living solely through writing and copywriting was a nearly impossible task, especially since his sharp critiques did not engender him to other writers of the period. He had a running battle with Longfellow who he fel [...]


    • An amazing bio of a very polarizing literary figure. I've heard this was a "sympathetic" biography of Poe's life but I didn't feel it pulled any punches. A heartfelt, in-depth and sometimes heavy portrayal of E. A. Poe. Worth the read.


    • Great biography. Poe was really a hard-luck guy treated badly by his father-in-law and who had horrible luck in love. Many people he knew, including his mother and wife, were killed by consumption (TB). A very sad story, especially when you consider how little he got for his great writing.


    • Can't imagine a more complete or meticulously detailed work. But - what a tragic life he led. Have to wonder what he would have accomplished if his life had been less difficult.


    • Didn't like the parts (of which there are many) where Silverman tried to psychoanalyze Poe directly via his writing (I don't especially find that to be persuasive approach, and some of the analysis felt like a stretch anyway) but the book was thorough. I agree with others here that the portrait of Virginia was incomplete--but maybe that's just all that's really known about her. The book was thorough and interesting. Poetic endings all around.



    • A great biography of Edgar Allan Poe. It's an accessible and engaging bio on a truly tortured artist. Readers will find lots of first hand accounts (letters & correspondence) of Poe's life, relationships, and struggles. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Silverman's literary analyses of some of Poe's greatest works such as "The Raven," "The Black Cat," "The Bells" and "Hop-frog."


    • Good biography on the literary giant. Silverman has written an informative glimpse on the man and his times. Poe's life from his troubled youth to his brilliant but chaotic and turbulent career leading to his tragic and mysterious death are adequately represented. His personal life, with it's string of doomed friendships and endless antagonisms betray a man who most likely suffered from mental illness, relieved occasionally by unbelievably patient individuals who despite Poe's off-putting person [...]


    • I have been fascinated by Edgar Allan Poe for most of my life, as have many writers, and have long sought more thorough biographical information on him than just the mysterious circumstances of his death. I have been to his grave and I have been to the museum in Richmond just this past fall, which is where I purchased this book. This book had the information I was looking for. Finally, I learned something of his childhood and more detailed information about his work with various magazines, as we [...]


    • Poor, poor Poe The sad, anxious life of a genius spent in poverty, gratuitously recruiting enemies (even among his friends and benefactors), borrowing money, feeling unloved, unrewarded and short-changed, being taken advantage of by wily magazine editors, being an asshole, accosted by crazed groupies, courted by married women, married to a child afflicted by tuberculosis, getting blind drunk, and finally dying after being rescued from a ditch wearing another man's clothes Also, occasionally, red [...]


    • This is a very comprehensive biography, considering how little solid information seems to exist about Poe’s life. The author clearly did thorough research, and almost half the narrative is quoted text taken from correspondence by or about Poe. It was a rather dry read, though, and I would have had some trouble following it if I didn’t take summary notes, but I do know a lot more about Edgar Allan Poe than I did before. My only real criticism is in some of Silverman’s literary interpretatio [...]


    • Overall this was a really enjoyable and informative biography. I do agree with the some of the common complaints about it though. The shallow attempts at psychoanalysis are a bit pretentious and overblown at times, although they are occasionally fruitful. Silverman doesn't strike one as a big Poe enthusiast either, so his analysis of Poe's work is often unenthusiastic and brief, mostly concerned with the aforementioned psychoanalysis. But all that being said it seemed in most respects a detailed [...]


    • I read this book in preparation for the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth. A very informative read with many insights on Poe's life. A lot of facts were taken from letters of his adopted father. You get a feel for the emotionally abusive conditions which Poe grew up in and how that type of environment shaped his life. Gives you insight as to the motivations behind his actions. A long book, but worth the read time.


    • I really enjoyed reading this book for it gives us a very thorough glimpse into who Edgar A. Poe, the author, was in real life. I had read many of his stories growing up, Mr. Kenneth Silverman did a great job at showing the man behind the stories; his passions, his flaws, his genius, etc. I feel like I have a total different understanding about a lot of the stories I read after having the chance to learn so much about Poe.


    • Considered the best biography of Poe available, I can't help but feel that the definitive bio is yet to be written. I never felt that I got to know Poe or to be tied into his story too deeply. This bio, while good, feels a little academic for the casual reader, and a little too speculative for the academic reader. Not bad, and worth a go if you want to read psychoanalytic readings of the works, but its dryness may turn some readers away.


    • Poe was as fragile and melodramatic as Proust. He lived and died poor with his works being regarded as genius only after his death. He married his wife when she was 13. Poe is best known for his Gothic stories and poetry (the best of these being 'the Raven'). The biography is extremely detailed - sometimes unnecessarily so.


    • This is somewhat slow-going with sections that are so dry you will wonder if you can bear to finish the book. However, all in all it is a very interesting read and quite informative. I am glad I stuck with it. Poe is sometimes a pathetic character, sometimes a completely offensive one. If you are interested in literature, this is a must-read.


    • What a mess! Poe was a walking basket case, barely functional as a human being, at least as described by Silverman. Its amazing that there can be so many gaps of months, even years, in the source documentation about a major historical figure of just over 150 years ago. We know more about some historical figures 2,000 years old than we do about Poe.Good biography of Poe.


    • A detailed and fair-minded biography of Poe. Some segments on Poe's ideas grew a bit drawn out and a little technical, but it is a very good portrait of one of the greatest writers America has know. See more at: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.


    • An exhibit on Poe at the Morgan Library (NYC) made me want to know more about the man - though perhaps not this much more. This is an exhaustive, and I do mean exhaustive, biography. Yet it did leave me with a real affection for the sad and talented man (Poe - not Kenneth Silverman!).


    • A really thorough and interesting biography of Edgar Allan Poe. I was familiar with his work, but didn't know much about his life. It got a bit academic at times, but I'd definitely recommend it to someone who is interested in learning more about him.


    • Very well done. This book was thoroughly researched and provides a narrative that gives true insight into Poe. Having only known him through his works, it was amazing to see what kind person who was, and what a challenging and tragic life he lived. It was a long read, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.




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