Edgar Allan Poe by Jeffrey Meyers
His Life and Legacy

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This biography of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), a giant of American literature who invented both the horror and detective genres, is a portrait of extremes: a disinherited heir, a brilliant but exploited author and editor, a man who veered radically from temperance to rampant debauchery, and an agnostic who sought a return to religion at the end of his life. Acclaimed biographer Jeffrey Meyers explores the writer's turbulent life and career, including his marriage and multiple, simultaneous romances, his literary feuds, and his death at an early age under bizarre and troubling circumstances.

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Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently been given an Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Published September 5, 2000 by Cooper Square Press. 377 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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First-novelist Meyers clumsily injects some Poe biography and a few historical lecture-notes (""Take a look, Poe, at New York in transition""), but his chief preoccupation is sexual: unnecessary detail on the sex crimes, unnecessary scenes of Beckwith's sex life, and a final confrontation in whic...

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 Fast upon the heels of Kenneth Silverman and his splendid Edgar A. Poe (1991), Meyers (Joseph Conrad, 1991, etc.) fashions an even greater success with the same material.

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Meyers ( Joseph Conrad ) focuses on the ways the works of poet and short story writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) influenced many other great writers, including Hawthorne, Fitzgerald, Nabokov and Baud

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