Edgar A. Poe by Kenneth Silverman
Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance

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1991: by Kenneth Silverman- An impressive achievement; combining meticulous scholarship with penetrating insight.

About Kenneth Silverman

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A specialist in American culture and literature, Silverman received a Pulitzer Prize in biography and a Bancroft Prize in American history, both in 1985, for The Life and Times of Cotton Mather (1984). His most recent biography is a psychological portrait of Edgar Allan Poe. Critics have consistently noted Silverman's masterful range and his skill at presenting his figures as complex human beings of great depth.
Published January 1, 1991 by Harpercollins. 564 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The great tragedies of Poe's life--his miserable childhood, his doomed marriage, the alcoholism--are well known already, but Silverman is able to highlight how many aspects of Poe's despair were the simple outgrowth of his vocation: the constant uprootings, the grinding poverty, the overexertions...

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This mesmerizing chronicle of Poe's short and disorderly life incorporates fresh discoveries about the poet/storyteller's travels, relationships and literary works.

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