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The Poe Shadow : a novel (edition 2006)

by Matthew Pearl

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Title:The Poe Shadow : a novel
Authors:Matthew Pearl
Info:New York : Random House, 2006.
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The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl

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Baltimore, 1849. Edgar Allan Poe has just been buried in an unmarked grave, his final days a mystery. Ardent admirer Quentin Clark, a young Baltimore barrister, bored with his practice, society and life in general, sets out to salvage Poe's somewhat tattered reputation and investigates the circumstances of his death. In order to do so, he has to call on the assistence of the inspiration for Poe's brilliant fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin.

The premise of this book is wonderful, the excecution however, less so. The main character, Quentin Clark, is completely unlikable, whinging, annoying and a bit unhinged. He is obsessed with this investigation (for no particular reason), throwing away his career, reputation and fiance along the way. The whole story was rather boring, which is particularily disappointing considering the amount of research that must have gone into this book. Actually, the historical note at the end was the best part. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
An interesting take on the mystery that is the death of Edgar Allan Poe. Well written and a good follow up to his first book. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
I never really thought it was believable that the main character in this book was so obsessed with figuring out what led up to Edgar Allen Poes death. Just witnessing Poes funeral never really seems like motivation enough. A lot of the book just drags on. I did find the final explanation given at the end interesting. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
I don't really know what to say about this book. I loved Matthew Pearl's first novel, The Dante Club, and was hoping for something very much like that.

That's not what I got.

I am a great fan of Edgar Allan Poe and have heard the basic stories concerning his death (he was drunk, he was found in a gutter, etc). The historical content of this book, as well as the documents backing the historical aspect, are impressive.

I found it hard to get into though because I did not like or have a reason to like the main character. The middle of the book picked up however then kind of dragged at the end. ( )
  oraclejenn | Dec 15, 2015 |
Read 06-16-2015, This audio book given to Mel
  trexm5qp7 | Jun 16, 2015 |
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“I present to you . . . the truth about this man’s death and my life.”

Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and even Poe’s own family and friends accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end as a drunkard. Everyone, in fact, seems to believe this except a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a passionate crusade to salvage Poe’s.

As Quentin explores the puzzling circumstances of Poe’s demise, he discovers that the writer’s last days are riddled with unanswered questions the police are possibly willfully ignoring. Just when Poe’s death seems destined to remain a mystery, and forever sealing his ignominy, inspiration strikes Quentin–in the form of Poe’s own stories. The young attorney realizes that he must find the one person who can solve the strange case of Poe’s death: the real-life model for Poe’s brilliant fictional detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, the hero of ingenious tales of crime and detection.
In short order, Quentin finds himself enmeshed in sinister machinations involving political agents, a female assassin, the corrupt Baltimore slave trade, and the lost secrets of Poe’s final hours. With his own future hanging in the balance, Quentin Clark must turn master investigator himself to unchain his now imperiled fate from that of Poe’s.

Following his phenomenal debut novel, The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl has once again crossed pitch-perfect literary history with innovative mystery to create a beautifully detailed, ingeniously plotted tale of suspense. Pearl’s groundbreaking research–featuring documented material never published before–opens a new window on the truth behind Poe’s demise, literary history’s most persistent enigma. The resulting novel is a publishing event that, through sublime craftsmanship, subtle wit, and devious twists, does honor to Poe himself


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Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and even Poe's own family and friends accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end as a drunkard. Everyone, in fact, seems to believe this except a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a passionate crusade to salvage Poe's. As Quentin explores the puzzling circumstances of Poe's demise, he discovers that the writer's last days are riddled with unanswered questions the police are possibly willfully ignoring. Just when Poe's death seems destined to remain a mystery, and forever sealing his ignominy, inspiration strikes Quentin - in the form of Poe's own stories. The young attorney realizes that he must find the one person who can solve the strange case of Poe's death: the real-life model for Poe's brilliant fictional detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, the hero of ingenious tales of crime and detection.… (more)

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