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The Cambridge companion to Edgar Allan Poe
Hayes, Kevin J.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xx, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1570 Lexile.
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PS2638 .C33 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS2638 .C33 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This collection of specially-commissioned essays by experts in the field explores key dimensions of Edgar Allan Poe's work and life. Contributions provide a series of alternative perspectives on one of the most enigmatic and controversial American writers. The essays, specially tailored to the needs of undergraduates, examine all of Poe's major writings, his poetry, short stories and criticism, and place his work in a variety of literary, cultural and political contexts. They situate his imaginative writings in relation to different modes of writing: humor, Gothicism, anti-slavery tracts, science fiction, the detective story, and sentimental fiction. Three chapters examine specific works: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, 'The Fall of the House of Usher', 'The Raven', and 'Ulalume'. The volume features a detailed chronology and a comprehensive guide to further reading, and will be of interest to students and scholars alike.

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Like the other excellent titles in the "Cambridge Companions to Literature" series, this volume provides a collection of well-researched essays that will be useful for both students and researchers. Hayes (Univ. of Central Oklahoma) includes 14 commissioned essays on all major aspects of Poe's life and writing: three on his life and critical writings, eight on aspects of his fiction, one on his poetry, and two on Poe's later influence. If there is a lack, it is in the treatment of the poetry; the single essay is devoted only to "The Raven" and "Ulalume." But the volume makes up for this deficiency with superlative essays on important Poe topics less studied--Poe's humor, his science fiction, and his impact on popular culture. More familiar subjects are given fresh treatment--his use of the gothic tradition, his invention of the detective story, and his fictional women characters. A few illustrations accompany the book, and one demands special recognition: a sentence diagram of the opening of the "The Fall of the House of Usher." The diagram and the accompanying commentary startle the reader into a new understanding of Poe's self-conscious stylistics. All academic collections. P. J. Ferlazzo Northern Arizona University

Table of Contents

Chronology of Poe's life
Introduction Kevin J. Hayes
1 The Poet as critic Kent L. Jungquist
2 Poe and his circle Sandra M. Tomc
3 Poe's aesthetic theory Rachel Polonsky
4 Poe's humor Daniel Royot
5 Poe and the Gothic tradition Benjamin Franklin Fisher
6 Poe, sensationalism, and slavery Teresa A. Goddu
7 Extra! Extra! Poe invents Science Fiction! John Tresch
8 Poe's Dupin and the power of detection Peter Thoms
9 Poe's feminine ideal Karen Weekes
10 A confused beginning: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, of Nantucket Geoffrey Sanborn
11 Poe's 'constructiveness' and The Fall of the House of Usher Scott Peeples
12 Two verse masterworks: 'The Raven' and 'Ulalume' Richard Kopley and Kevin J. Hayes
13 Poe and popular culture Mark Neimeyer
14 One-man modernist Kevin J. Hayes
Selected bibliography