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Selected Poetry and Prose

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ISBN-10: 0075536412

ISBN-13: 9780075536413

Edition: 1951

Authors: Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas O. Mabbott

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Edited, with an Introduction, by T.O. Mabbott
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Book details

List price: $13.75
Copyright year: 1951
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 6/1/1951
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 427
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550

There has never been any doubt about Poe's enormous literary significance, but, with regard to his ultimate artistic merit, there has been considerable disagreement. To some he is little more than a successful charlatan, whose literary performances are only a virtuoso's display of stunning, but finally shallow, effects. Others, however, are struck by Poe's profound probing of the human psyche, his philosophical sophistication, and his revolutionary attitude toward literary language. No doubt both sides of this argument are in part true in their assessments. Poe's work is very uneven, sometimes reaching great literary heights, at other times striking the honest reader as meaningless,…