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Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

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ISBN-10: 0451531051

ISBN-13: 9780451531056

Edition: N/A

Authors: Edgar Allen Poe, Jay Parini, April Bernard

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A classic collection From the exquisite lyric To Helen, to the immortal masterpieces Annabel Lee, The Bells, and The Raven, The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poedemonstrates the authors gift for the form.
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Book details

List price: $4.95
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

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,…    

Jay Parini was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania in 1948. In 1970 he graduated from Lafayette College and he received a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in 1975. Before becoming a professor of Engliah and Creative Writing at Vermont's Middlebury College in 1982, Parini taught at Dartmouth College. Parini writes poetry, novels, biographies, and criticism, and he has published numerous reviews and essays in major journals and newspapers. He co-founded the New England Review in 1976. In 1995, he was appointed literary executor for author Gore Vidal. A film version of The Last Station, his 1990 novel, was released in 2009.