A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe (Historical Guides to by J. Gerald Kennedy

By J. Gerald Kennedy

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), son of itinerant actors, holds a safe position within the firmament of heritage as America's first grasp of suspense. exhibiting scant curiosity in local scenes or fabrics, Edgar Allan Poe turns out the main un-American of yankee writers in the course of the period of literary nationalism; but he used to be whilst a practical magazinist, totally engaged in pop culture and extremely fascinated with the "republic of letters" within the usa. This ancient advisor comprises an creation that considers the tensions among Poe's "otherworldly" settings and his traditionally marked representations of violence, in addition to a pill biography situating Poe in his old context. the following essays during this publication hide such issues as Poe and the yankee Publishing undefined, Poe's Sensationalism, his relationships to gender buildings, and Poe and American privateness. the quantity additionally incorporates a bibliographic essay, a chronology of Poe's lifestyles, a bibliography, illustrations, and an index.

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Sellers tersely observes of this epoch: "Bad cotton debts brought down 93 New York firms with over $60 million in capital" (354). Hard times were at hand. Soon after his dismissal, Poe received an invitation from Rev. F. L. Hawks to join the staff of the New York Review, and (after "pestering" White for back pay) he departed Richmond in early February to take up residence with Virginia and Mrs. Clemm in an apartment on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. Few details about Poe's year in the city can be confirmed, but we know that in the midst of pervasive economic uncertainty the position with Hawks never materialized.

A chastened Poe remained in place, however, and offered his "mystical" tales to the British firm of Saunders and Otley, which had opened a New York office. But dubious about his prospects and intrigued by Jeremiah Reynolds's report to Congress on a proposed South Seas expedition, Poe began working on a long story ostensibly narrated by the survivor of fantastic adventures at sea. The first two issues of the 1837 Messenger carried the opening episodes of "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym," depicting Pym's escape from "Edgarton" in terms resembling Poe's own 1827 departure from Richmond.

Unfortunately for those at West Point expecting a jest book filled with satirical verses, strange lyrics like "The Valley of Nis" and "The Doomed City" constituted the poetic fare of the new volume. Stricken with a "violent cold" and an infection so acute that his ear "discharge[d] blood and matter continually]," Poe spent several weeks in New York; desperate for money, he appealed to both Allan and West Point's commandant, Sylvanus Thayer, rehearsing for the latter a half-baked (and never-realized) plan to obtain in France a military appointment through the Marquis de Lafayette to fight in the Polish Revolution (L, 43-45).

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