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Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd

Poe: A Life Cut Short (2008)

by Peter Ackroyd

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Explores Poe's literary accomplishments and legacy against the background of his erratic, dramatic, and sometimes sordid life, including his marriage to his thirteen-year-old cousin and his much-written-about problems with gambling and alcohol.



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Basic, sure, and a bit melodramatic, but a fairly good short biography of Poe. ( )
  JBD1 | Oct 2, 2018 |
I found this to be a totally sufficient biography for any casual reader. It begins with Poe's death and then goes back through his orphaning, his tumultuous relationship with his "adopted" father, his tendency to move around frequently, and, as expected, his turn to drink throughout his life. Ackroyd is very good at separating out facts from heresay and exaggeration. He doesn't put Poe on a pedestal either, even broaching the subject of Poe's views on slavery, which I haven't really seen covered before in other brief biographies. All in all, this is a great little volume to have around if you are interested in the life and tragic death of Edgar Allan Poe.

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  klpm | Oct 10, 2016 |
Perhaps because I already knew a good deal about Poe's life, I found Ackroyd's sympathetic portrait a little too adroit and somewhat unsatisfying. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
skimmed the beginning found the style too encyclopedic ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
It is difficult to separate my thoughts about the man, Edgar Allan Poe, from his biography, by Peter Ackroyd. Poe was certainly a tragic figure. It appears that he, and others close to him, took poetic licence in describing a life. His biographer renders the life through the subterfuge. ( )
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On the evening of 26 September 1849, Edgar Allan Poe stopped in the office of a physician in Richmond, Virginia-John Carter-and obtained a palliative for the fever that had beset him.
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