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Edgar Allan Poe in context

Author: Kevin J Hayes
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Edgar Allan Poe mastered a variety of literary forms over the course of his brief and turbulent career. As a storyteller, Poe defied convention by creating Gothic tales of mystery, horror, and suspense that remain widely popular today. This collection demonstrates how Poe's experience of early nineteenth-century American life fueled his iconoclasm and shaped his literary legacy. Rather than provide critical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Edgar Allan Poe; Edgar Allan Poe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin J Hayes
ISBN: 9781107009974 1107009979
OCLC Number: 793099547
Description: xviii, 411 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Geographical Contexts. Great Britain / Chirstopher Gair ; The South / James M. Hutchisson ; The American West / Nathaniel Lewis ; The sea / David Dowling ; France / Andrea Goulet ; The Near East / Travis Montgomery ; The polar regions / Mark Canada. --
Social Contexts. The urban environment / Bran Nicol ; Curiosity / Lindsey Hursh ; Alcohol, addiction, and rehabilitation / Paul Fisher ; Fashion, furnishings, and style / Patricia A. Cunningham ; The American stage / Philip Edward Phillips ; Lions and bluestockings / Anne Boyd Rioux ; Slavery and abolitionism / Paul Christian Jones ; The cult of mourning / Therese M. Rizzo. --
The Contexts of Publishing. The literary profession / John Evelev ; Magazines / Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock ; Gift books / Kathryn K. Shinn ; Literary piracy / Michael J. Everton ; The art of reviewing / Jonathan Hartmann ; The politics of publishing / Amy Branam. --
Literary Contexts. Ancient classics / Gregory Hays ; Rabelais and Lesage / Lois Davis Vines ; The gothic movement / Alan Brown ; Byron / Chris Beyers ; Folk narrative / Katherine Kim ; Transcendentalism / Heidi Silcox ; Charles Dickens / Tara Moore ; Nathaniel Hawthorne and the art of the tale / Meghan A. Freeman. --
Scientific and Pseudoscientific Contexts. Phrenology / Brett Zimmerman ; Photography / Satwik Dasgupta ; Mesmerism / Bruce Mills ; Architecture / Alvin Holm ; The heritage of fiction science / Peter Swirski ; Cosmology and cosmogony / Jonathan Taylor ; Forensic science / Benjamin F. Fisher ; Technology / John Tresch.
Responsibility: edited by Kevin J. Hayes.

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These accessible essays provide the most detailed picture of the historical, cultural and literary contexts surrounding Poe's life and times.  Read more...

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