A biography of Edgar Allan Poe becomes at once an exercise in discrimination. Around his name has accumulated a mass of rumor, conjecture, psycho-analysis . Edgar Allan Poe has 83 ratings and 16 reviews. Anastacia said: I don’t write many reviews, as I don’t write them well. I find it difficult to describe ho. Based on exhaustive research in the Poe family archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend and describes how they both were distorted by early biographies .

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Refresh and try again. Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe’s life. Russell Smith rated quinnn really liked it Oct sllan, That is just to say that if you are an obsessive fan of Poe you will love all the information but if you want a simple biography of him I suggest you find a different book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Poe is my favorite poet and author.

The story of Mr. Quinn adroitly examines Poe’s life and writings and while it is clear he deeply admired the man, there is no hesitation by Quinn to point out Poe’s faults and weaknesses. Oct 30, Julia Harris rated it it was amazing.

Edgar Allan Poe

There are about pages of appendices, bibliography, and footnotes. He is the author of The Cryptographic Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe finally got the biographer he deserved in — almost a century after his death — when Arthur Hobson Quinn of the University of Pennsylvania published this masterpiece of hobskn biography. Rosenheim is an associate professor of English at Williams College.

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Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography by Arthur Hobson Quinn

Want to Read saving…. Steven Pascali rated it it was amazing Sep 29, Renowned as crltical creator of the detective story and a master of horror, the author of “The Red Mask of Death,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Murders of the Rue Morgue,” Edgar Allan Poe seems to have derived his success from suffering and to have suffered from his success. John rated it really liked it Oct 20, After reading this we went to Baltimore, rode edgzr his house, and grave.


Against this tide of fancy, guesses, and amateur psychologizing, Arthur Hobson Quinn’s biography devotes itself meticulously to facts. I cannot help but note the irony of a complaint of “flowery” and “hyper-literate” language in a page biography of Edgar Allan Poe, a literary legend.

A Critical Biography75 years after its publication, remains the definitive Poe biography.

Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography

Good but dry bio of Poe. There is such a thing as too many details, and here Quinn fails. Biographers have seldom resisted the opportunities to confuse the pathologies in the stories with the events in Poe’s life.

Sep 04, Penny rated it really liked it. Hartley rated it liked it Jul 04, Return to Book Page.

If it weren’t for his ruminative thoughts and his anger we never would have experienced his writings. A Critical Biography, Arthur Hobson Quinn While reading this on the train one day, a man sitting next to me leaned over and said, “Isn’t that the guy who married his cousin?

What a sad man he also must have been. In my mind, it is a stunning offering of judiciousness and integrity in a sea of cheap recitation of supposed scandal and ill-repute. I believe this is ohbson considered the definitive biography of Poe.

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I felt sorry for Edgar, if this book is anything like his real life as biographies should be. Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe: I am happy I didn’t realize its length until much later or I’d have missed a tremendous opportunity to dig in to Quinn’s meticulously researched presentment of the “true” life of one of history’s finest minds. I spent hours drawing his brain and the plants surrounding the walking man, and ran out of time so only had time to color in the brain, red of course.


Qulnn have taught him for many years but have always had questions about him and his esoteric life. The research, the writing, and the objectivity cannot be more in earnest. Open Preview See a Problem?

But don’t expect to get it done this decade. Don’t plan on reading it in any hurry but it is worth the time.

Nov 28, Lilah rated it really liked it. He is the biograpuy of The Cryptographic Imagination: Nov 26, Anastacia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every reader who is interested in Edgar Allan Poe’s life and work should biograpuy this book.

Based on exhaustive research in the Poe family archive, Quinn extracts the life from the legend, and describes how they both were distorted by prior biographies.

I do agree that in many of the circumstances portrayed in the biography, that Poe had an unfortunate lot; I do not agree, though, that there weren’t things he could have done to help himself out of those situations.

The book seamlessly combines a chronological account of Poe’s personal and professional life with tidbits of letters, photos, and personal correspondence that reveal the fragile, sensitive, self-possessed, bitter, tender, arrogant, artistic genius that Poe was. As for the later, I vividly remember the teacher saying, “I hate cats” and as an animal lover being extraordinarily alarmed. With all that said, I definitely recommend this biography for anyone wh Wow Now must read his poetry.