Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling The Tell-Tale Heart to The Murders in the Rue Morguethe first modern detective storyto the iconic poem The Raven.Poes life was one of unremitting hardship. His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three. Poe was thrown out of West Point, and married his beloved thirteen-year-old cousin, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-four. He was so poor that he burned furniture to stay warm. He was a scourge to other poets, but more so to himself.In the hands of Paul Collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions. Collins illuminates Poes huge successes and great...
|Title||:||Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living|
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Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living Reviews
3.5 stars. Competently written and the subject is interesting, but it feels insubstantial, despite (or perhaps because of...) the author's tendency to opine on the merits and meaning of Poe's work. One rather gets the feeling of a biographer who enjoys having the subject in his clutches, and there's a whiff of judgment hanging about it all. I definitely enjoyed learning more about Poe's life, but the ultimate effect is to make me want to read a more in-depth biography!
It’s a given that horror writers are frequently not respected as others are. As this new biography of one of the towering figures in horror shows, Edgar Allen Poe fared a bit better than average. He was acknowledged as a writer of literary merit while he was a alive, even being called “the American Shakespeare. This however still did not translate into rolling in dough—and personal tragedy would overshadow nearly every publishing success.
Many will know the basic story—Poe was orphaned early on, ...more
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote, “If every man who wrote a story which was indirectly inspired by Poe were to pay a tithe towards a monument, it would be such as would dwarf the pyramids.” Much of poe’s writing seems a bit clunky and overwrought to me, but he wrote a few true classics and his impact on genre literature cannot be overstated. When I read The Murders in the Rue Morgue for the first time, after having spent years reading detective fiction, it was amazing to me how familiar it was, and ...more
Definitely one of the shortest, quickest but most fulfilling biographies of Poe I’ve ever read. If you don’t want to get into a ton of detail and the supposed symbolism behind every piece of Poe’s writing, this is the book for you. Great start to finish with a ton of follow up reading listed (some of which now sit on my TBR). My first five star read of 2018!
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Two things that I am not really into, poetry and literary criticism. So, of course, I choose to read a book about a poet and literary critic, Mr. E. A. Poe. This book is a run of the mill biography although very well documented and executed. It paints a true to life picture of one of America’s literary giants and his triumphs and struggles. Fortunately the author is not overly in awe of Poe so the artist comes across as a flesh-and-blood man trying to balance his grandiose dreams with the necess ...more
I would have given this book four stars but after this book I read an anthology of Edgar Allan Poe's work. This book included some biographical information on Poe.
Edgar Allan Poe was an orphan and raised in a foster family. Collin's book fails to mention that Poe had foster siblings and that his foster father remarried(his foster family never officially adopted him). I feel these details are critical to understanding Edgar Allan Poe. In addition, I felt that Collins did not come up with much new ...more
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway and I am so very thankful. Free books are wonderful! The Fever was a fun little read, a succinct and concise biography of the life of Edgar Allen Poe and a very nice primer on the father of the detective genre. While this account of Poe breaks no new ground, Poe has always captured my imagination since I was a high school kid and this book served as a rock solid refresher about the life and times of E.A. Poe. I was reminded that ...
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A literate though non-scholarly treatment (i.e., it's an enjoyable read) of Poe's life and works. If brevity is the soul of wit, this book is a great example of that - thorough, but not tendentious. I especially enjoyed the "contextualization" of Poe's stories within the gothic tradition (gee, some of them weren't so original after all), and the stories of his critical reception (to the extent there was any). If you haven't read Chuck Klosterman's "But What if We're Wrong," this is kind of a coo ...more