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Titel: Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy
Verlag: John Murray Publishers Ltd 1992
New hardback. May show some slight shelf wear but content fine and unread. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A73760
Inhaltsangabe: Poe was the saddest and strangest figure in American literature. Jeffrey Meyers' biography portrays the unbearable tensions in his paradoxical character. He was a Virginia gentleman and the son of itinerant actors, the heir to a great fortune and a disinherited outcast, a university man who had failed to graduate, a soldier bought out of the army, a court-martialled West Point cadet, a husband with an unapproachable child-bride, a brilliant editor and a low-salaried hack, a world-renowned but improverished author, the fiance of two women who would not marry him, a normally temperate man and an uncontrollable alcoholic, a rationalist with a mystical cast of mind, a materialist who yearned for a final unity with God. Poe was the prototype of the self-destructive American writer. Throughout his life he would repeatedly strive for a desperately desired goal and, when it was nearly in reach, deliberately destroy his chance of achieving it. After attempting suicide, he tried to drink himself to death and was found in the gutter - delirious, hallucinating and comatose. Poe's life was as strange as his works and even his most bizarre stories - "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat" - were autobiographical distortions of his own experience.
Rezension: Poe haunts the upper mind as an exalted and radiant justification of logic; and the unconscious as an obsession. Jeffrey Meyers shows us how, why, and where these things go, and are going. God help us. But for Poe, we never would have known. -- James Dickey, Poet and Author of Deliverance Vivid and haunting: a great success. Kirkus Reviews Admirably executed. Meyers, untempted by psychoanalytic theories, conveys Poe's acrimonious, often absurd literary travails and canvasses his reputation and influence. Meyers' book pitches Poe as the 'prototypical self-destructive American writer.' Meyers insists on reading Poe as more than the sum of his bereavements. Times Literary Supplement
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