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Edgar Allan Poe, A to Z : the essential reference to his life and work
Author:
Sova, Dawn B.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
x, 310 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm.
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Series from jacket.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816038503

9780816041619
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Summary

Summary

Few authors can claim Edgar Allan Poe's influence on literary and popular culture. During his short and turbulent life, he invented the modern detective story and horror genres with such immortal works as The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Pit and the Pendulum. Best known for the haunting melody of his poetry and prose, Poe also wrote numerous critical articles and reviews, essays and magazine articles on a variety of subjects.


Author Notes

Dawn B. Sova is the author of Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds, Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds, Agatha Christie A to Z. She also co-author of 100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. She teaches English at Monclair State University and lives in Garfield, NJ.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

More than 3,400 entries chart the life and work of an author whose "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841) is often described as the first detective story. Entries are arranged alphabetically and cover works (including essays and reviews as well as poems and tales) and characters. Entries for works contain publishing and dramatization history, a list of characters, and a synopsis of the plot. There is also coverage of people, places, and publications that played a role in Poe's life or helped shape his literary development. The biographical entries treat family, friends, and associates, as well as writers such as Charles Baudelaire, who translated Poe into French, and Washington Irving, considered to have been an influence despite the fact that Poe did not care for his style. Coverage extends into the twentieth century with entries (Corman, Roger; Price, Vincent) related to film and musical adaptations. Terms in boldface type serve as cross-references. Following the entries are four appendixes: a chronology of Poe's life, a chronology of his works, a list of Poe research collections, and a bibliography. This is the latest addition to Facts On File's Literary A to Z series, which offers a wealth of information in volumes that are handsomely designed and easy to use. Recommended for public and academic libraries and for high-school libraries where Poe is part of the curriculum.


Library Journal Review

In her introduction, Sova (Agatha Christie, A to Z, LJ 8/15/96) claims that our view of Poe has depended on only the few poems and short stories anthologized in high school textbooks. To counter that view, this comprehensive reference work, consisting of some 3400 entries and illustrated with 50 black-and-white illustrations, treats all of the author's work some 350 stories, poems, essays, and articles. Together with the entries covering Poe's literary works (including journalistic pieces and reviews) are factual treatments of the people, places, and events associated with him. Entries are generally short, with major works given longer treatment under the subheadings "Publishing and Dramatization History," "Characters," and "Plot Synopsis." The encyclopedia contains chronologies of the author's life and work, a directory of "Poe Research Collections," and a selective bibliography. This volume joins 13 other books in the publisher's "Literary A to Z" series. The Poe Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 1997), edited by Frederick S. Frank and Tony Magistrale, is more scholarly and more comprehensive (it contains 1900 entries, each with its own bibliography, and a massive bibliography ends the book). But its hefty price tag makes it less desirable for smaller libraries. Recommended for American literature reference collections. Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Neither so scholarly as The Poe Encyclopedia, by Fredrick S. Frank and Anthony Magistrale, nor so expansive as Bertrand R. Pollin's Dictionary of Names and Titles in Poe's Collected Works, Sova's excellent update on Poe's life and works, 13th in the "Facts on File Library of American Literature" series, includes an updated bibliography as well as a directory of research collections that contain Poe paraphernalia. The 3,400 entries and more than 50 images serve as a fine beginning for any undergraduate or high school level paper on Poe, and the selective bibliography, arranged by general criticism, tales, poems, and reviews and essays, would be ample for most beginning Poe scholars. A chronology of the author's life and works and a thorough index are included. Entries are listed alphabetically and contain characters and plot synopses for each work. Entries are included for Poe associates as diverse as William Drayton (patron) and Vincent Price (actor). Sova (Montclair State Univ.) is compiler of Agatha Christie A-Z (1996) and has been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award. Recommended for public, academic, and high school libraries. R. H. McDonald Auburn University


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Few authors can claim Edgar Allan Poe's influence on literary and popular culture. During his short and turbulent life, he invented the modern detective story and horror genres with such immortal works as The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Best known for the haunting melody of his poetry and prose, Poe also wrote numerous critical articles and reviews, essays, and magazine articles on a variety of subjects. Drawing from a broad range of sources, such as personal correspondence and reviews, this comprehensive reference includes 50 photographs and covers all of Poe's major and most minor works. The entries also provide a wealth of information on his personal life, including relationships with friends, relatives, and associates. More than 2,000 entries include: Synopses and critical assessments of Poe's major and minor works Descriptions of his characters, from C. Auguste Dupin to Montresor Discussions of Poe's influence on Baudelaire and other French poets Film and musical adaptations of his works Places that influenced Poe, from Baltimore to New York City. Excerpted from Edgar Allan Poe A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Work by Dawn B. Sova All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
A-To-Z Entriesp. 1
Appendixes
I Edgar Allan Poe: A Timelinep. 267
II Chronology of Poe's Worksp. 271
III Poe Research Collectionsp. 287
IV Selected Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 291