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Edgar Allan Poe : a biography

Author: Milton Meltzer
Publisher: Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Secondary (senior high) school : English
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Millions of students have read, recited, and often memorized the opening line from Edgar Allan Poe's dark poem, The Raven. But Poe is remembered not only for his poetry. He also wrote about seventy short stories and was the creator of two literary forms that readers everywhere enjoy -- the detective story and the horror thriller. Poe's life was short, and painful. He struggled with alcohol, poverty, personal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Named Person: Edgar Allan Poe; Edgar Allan Poe; Edgar Allan Poe; Edgar Allan Poe
Material Type: Biography, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Milton Meltzer
ISBN: 0761329102 9780761329107
OCLC Number: 51342436
Description: 144 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Theater in the blood --
A quick and clever boy --
The teenager --
Soldier and poet --
In West Point, and out --
Satire and science fiction --
Editor, novelist, husband --
Hoaxes and horrors --
The first ever detective story --
A popular lecturer --
New York : the rich and the poor --
"The raven" and fame --
Death of the beloved --
The last years --
Chronology of Poe's life.
Responsibility: Milton Meltzer.

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Millions of students have read, recited, and often memorized the opening line from Edgar Allan Poe's dark poem, The Raven. But Poe is remembered not only for his poetry. He also wrote about seventy short stories and was the creator of two literary forms that readers everywhere enjoy -- the detective story and the horror thriller. Poe's life was short, and painful. He struggled with alcohol, poverty, personal tragedy, and professional failure, yet is remembered as one of America's literary giants. Milton Meltzer explores that conundrum as he examines who Poe was, what he sprang from, why and how he wrote, the troubled life he led as one of the first American writers to try to make a living solely by their pen, and why his appeal is so enduring.

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