9780195121490

A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe

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    9780195121490

  • ISBN10:

    019512149X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-01-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

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 "otherworldly" 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.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii
Introduction: Poe in Our Time 3(16)
J. Gerald Kennedy
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809--1849: A Brief Biography
19(44)
J. Gerald Kennedy
POE IN HIS TIME
Poe and the American Publishing Industry
63(32)
Terence Whalen
Spanking the Master: Mind-Body Crossings in Poe's Sensationalism
95(34)
David Leverenz
Poe and Nineteenth-Century Gender Constructions
129(38)
Leland S. Person
Poe and the Issue of American Privacy
167(22)
Louis A. Renza
Illustrated Chronology 189(20)
Bibliographical Essay: Major Editions and Landmarks of Poe Scholarship 209(24)
Scott Peeples
Contributors 233(2)
Index 235

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