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Edgar Allan Poe A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Work (The…

by Dawn B. Sova

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This is a marvelous encyclopedia to all things Poe, whether you're looking for information about Poe stories, both well-known and obscure, or you're looking for the real-world people who had influences on Poe's life and writings. This over-sized paperback volume features extensive biographic and bibliographic entries, as well as numerous black and white illustrations. Appendixes at the back of this book include a Poe Timeline, a complete chronology of Poe's writings, and a very detailed bibliography of additional works about Poe. This isn't a work to just sit down and read for pleasure, but it's a very handy reference guide, with well-written (though sometimes brief) articles about Poe, his world and and his works.

Originally reviewed for my local library's website: http://www.lincolnlibraries.org/depts/bookguide/srec/staffrec10-11.htm ( )
  cannellfan | Jan 16, 2011 |
This book serves as a great reference tool to be used as a starting point. It is not, however, the place to stop. Much of Sova's information is, frankly, incorrect. In one spot, she gives the incorrect date for Poe's birth and, in another, an incorrect date for his wife's birth date. My recommendation is to use the book to find minor information about people in Poe's life and when specific works were published. Beyond that, the information in this book is not entirely trustworthy. ( )
  Midnightdreary | Sep 5, 2009 |
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More than 3,400 entries chart the life and work of Poe. Entries arearranged alphabetically and cover works (including essays and reviews as well as poems and tales) and characters. Entries for works contain publishing and dramatization history, a list of characters, and a synopsis of the plot. There is also coverage of people, places, and publications that played a role in Poe's life or helped shape his literary development. Coverage extends into the twentieth century with entries (Corman, Roger; Price, Vincent) related to film and musical adaptations. Terms in boldface type serve as cross-references. Following the entries are four appendixes: a chronology of Poe's life, a chronology of his works, a list of Poe research collections, and a bibliography.… (more)

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