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By J. Gerald Kennedy

ISBN-10: 019512149X

ISBN-13: 9780195121490

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), son of itinerant actors, holds a safe position within the firmament of historical past 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 was once even as a practical magazinist, totally engaged in pop culture and extremely desirous about the "republic of letters" within the usa. This ancient consultant comprises an creation that considers the tensions among Poe's "otherworldly" settings and his traditionally marked representations of violence, in addition to a tablet biography situating Poe in his historic context. the next essays during this booklet disguise such issues as Poe and the yank Publishing undefined, Poe's Sensationalism, his relationships to gender buildings, and Poe and American privateness. the quantity additionally features a bibliographic essay, a chronology of Poe's existence, a bibliography, illustrations, and an index.

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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). By early May, however, Poe had migrated to Baltimore, where he found shelter with his grandmother, Mrs.

Baltimore was at this time a thriving port and a center of ship- A Brief Biography 31 building. Various industries were also flourishing, and Poe may have found employment for a time as a kiln worker in a brickyard. " It is worth noting that a few streets away, closer to the harbor, Hugh and Sophia Auld resided with their son Thomas and a plucky domestic slave named Fred Bailey, who six years later escaped north in the guise of a sailor and achieved fame as the antislavery editor and orator, Frederick Douglass.

To the end of Poe's ill-starred career, the "Tales of the Folio Club" never appeared in print as such. But Poe's luck was, for a brief interval at least, about to change. In the early 1830s the country was undergoing dynamic change, making the transition from a largely agricultural, subsistence economy to a capitalist, market economy fueled, in part, by an emerging factory system. Once a champion of hard currency, Andrew Jackson easily won a second term in 1832 by promising entrepreneurs greater availability of paper bills.

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