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Poe shadow : a novel

Author: Matthew Pearl
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2007, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : Random House trade pbks. edView all editions and formats
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Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and even Poe's own family and friends accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end as a drunkard. Everyone, in fact, seems to believe this except a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a passionate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Named Person: Edgar Allan Poe
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Pearl
ISBN: 9780812970128 0812970128
OCLC Number: 156854850
Description: 400 p. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Matthew Pearl.

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Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and even Poe's own family and friends accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end as a drunkard. Everyone, in fact, seems to believe this except a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a passionate crusade to salvage Poe's. As Quentin explores the puzzling circumstances of Poe's demise, he discovers that the writer's last days are riddled with unanswered questions the police are possibly willfully ignoring. Just when Poe's death seems destined to remain a mystery, and forever sealing his ignominy, inspiration strikes Quentin - in the form of Poe's own stories. The young attorney realizes that he must find the one person who can solve the strange case of Poe's death: the real-life model for Poe's brilliant fictional detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, the hero of ingenious tales of crime and detection.

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