Poe in His Own Time di Benjamin F. Fisher

A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates

Poe in His Own TimeL’immagine di Edgar Allan Poe come uomo di malinconia e di mistero continua ad avere un grande richiamo popolare. Un uomo che ha anche ottenuto commenti e punti di vista opposti, angelo o demone, uomo di grande genio e originalità ma anche straordinariamente malvagio.

In questo libro lo studioso di Poe Benjamin Fisher include una completa introduzione e una dettagliata cronologia della breve vita di Poe. Ogni passo del libro è spiegato all’interno di un preciso contesto storico e culturale, con note esplicative su persone e luoghi coinvolti.

Dalle lettere di John Allan al Segretario di Guerra John Eaton sulla vita di Poe a West Point, dal versetto ostile di John Frankenstein che lo descriveva come un alcolizzato, dal famoso necrologio di Rufus Griswold al più sensibile scritto di James Russell Lowell sulla sua vita e carriera, Fisher ha raccolto una serie di materiali che si possono leggere come la più inverosimile delle storie gotiche.

Poe fu creativo quando riportò informazioni sulla vita e la carriera letteraria di altri, e il contenuto speculativo dei materiali presentati da Fisher appaiono come se quegli autori avessero voluto dipingerlo con lo stesso tono.

Estratto del libro

Chapter One

[Letter about Poe’s West Point Matriculation] (1829)

John Allan

After taking him as a ward into his own home, John Allan hoped that Poe would enter Allan’s own business firm in Richmond. Poe’s inclinations toward a literary career, his indiscretions at the University of Virginia, and the temperamental differences between him and Allan serve as background for this letter from Allan regarding Poe’s qualifications for entering the military academy at West Point.

John Allan to John H. Eaton, Secretary of War, 6 May 1829

Dr. Sir,-The youth who presents this, is the same alluded to by Lt. Howard, Capt. Griswold, Colo. Worth, our representative and the speaker, the Hon’ble Andrew Stevenson, and my friend Major Jno. Campbell.

He left me in consequence of some gambling at the University at Charlottesville, because (I presume) I refused to sanction a rule that the shopkeepers and others had adopted there, making Debts of honour of all indiscretions. I have much pleasure in asserting that he stood his examinations at the close of the year with great credit to himself. His history is short. He is the grandson of Quartermaster-General Poe, of Maryland, whose widow as I understand still receives a pension for the services or disabilities of her husband. Frankly, Sir, do I declare that he is no relation to me whatever; that I have many [in] whom I have taken an active interest to promote theirs; with no other feeling than that, every man is my care, if he be in distress. For myself I ask nothing, but I do request your kindness to aid this youth in the promotion of his future prospects. And it will afford me great pleasure to reciprocate any kindness you can show him. Pardon my frankness; but I address a soldier.

Contenuto del libro

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • John Allan, [Letter about Poe’s West Point Matriculation] (1829)
  • Allan B. Magruder, [Letter about Poe at West Point] (1884)
  • John P. Kennedy, [Letter about Commencement of Poe’s Professional Literary Life] (1835)
  • Thomas W. White, [Letter about Poe’s Drinking and the Messenger] (1835)
  • John P. Kennedy, [Letter about Mixed Modes in Poe’s Early Tales] (1836)
  • Edgar A. Poe, [Epistolary Response with Comment on Humor] (1836)
  • James Kirke Paulding, [Harper’s Rejection of “Tales of the Folio Club”] (1836)
  • James Kirke Paulding, [Letter Advising Poe to Compose a Novel] (1836)
  • Lydia H. Sigourney, [Letter Justifying Poe’s Critical Practices] (1836)
  • Edgar A. Poe, [Letter Seeking Political Appointment] (1841)
  • Frederick W. Thomas, [Letter Encouraging Poe’s Political Desires] (1841)
  • Edgar A. Poe, [Additional Comments on Political Aspirations] (1841)
  • Frederick W. Thomas, [Letter about Poe’s Political Qualifications] (1841)
  • [Anonymous], “Autographs” (1842)
  • Frederick W. Thomas, [Letter about Poe’s Possible Custom House Appointment] (1842)
  • Edgar A. Poe, [Letter about Reasons for Leaving Graham’s] (1842)
  • Rufus W. Griswold, From The Poets and Poetry of America (1842)
  • [Edgar A. Poe and Henry B. Hirst], From “Poets and Poetry of Philadelphia …” (1843)
  • George Lippard, “Mr. Poe’s Lecture” (1843)
  • Academicus, “For the Delaware State Journal” (1844)
  • George Lippard, “Lecture by Mr. Poe” (1844)
  • Edgar A. Poe, [Letter Detailing Life in New York City] (1844)
  • Lawrence Labree, [Early Criticism of Poe’s Works] (1845)
  • Cornelia Wells Walter, From “A Failure” (1845)
  • P., From “Edgar A. Poe” in Boston Evening Transcript (1845)
  • [Anonymous], “Quizzing the Bostonians” (1845)
  • [Anonymous], “Mr. Poe’s Poem” (1845)
  • M. B. Fields, From Memories of Many Men and of Some Women (1875)
  • [Anonymous], From “Hints to Authors” (1848)
  • [Evert A. Duyckinck], [Untitled Headnote to Reprint of “Ulalume”] (1849)
  • [Anonymous], From “Mr. Poe’s Lecture” (1849)
  • John M. Daniel, From “Edgar A. Poe” in Semi-Weekly Examiner (1849)
  • Joseph P. Wilson, [Note Requesting Assistance for Poe] (1849)
  • John J. Moran, [Letter from Poe’s Attending Physician] (1849)
  • “Ludwig” [Rufus Wilmot Griswold], “Death of Edgar Allan Poe” in New York Daily Tribune (1849)
  • [C. F. Briggs], From “Topics of the Month” (1849) 81 Maria Clemm, “To the Reader” (1850)
  • James Russell Lowell, “Edgar A. Poe” (1850)
  • Nathaniel P. Willis, “Death of Edgar A. Poe” (1850)
  • Rufus Wilmot Griswold, “Memoir of the Author” (1850)
  • Henry B. Hirst, “Edgar Allan Poe” in McMakin’s Model American Courier (1849)
  • John M. Daniel, From “Edgar Allan Poe” in Southern Literary Messenger (1850)
  • John R. Thompson, “The Late Edgar A. Poe” in Southern Literary Messenger (1849)
  • John R. Thompson, From “Editor’s Table” (1850)
  • [John R. Thompson], Editorial Note to “Poe on Headley and Channing” (1850)
  • Nathaniel P. Willis, “Estimates of Edgar A. Poe” in Home Journal (1850)
  • Anonymous, From Athenaeum (1852)
  • “Apollodorus” [George Gilfillan], “Authors and Books. Edgar Poe.” (1854)
  • Rufus Wilmot Griswold, “Preface” to Works of the Late Edgar A. Poe (1856)
  • William Moy Thomas, “Edgar Allan Poe: A Letter to the Editor of The Train” (1857)
  • Bryan W. Proctor, From “Edgar Allan Poe” in Edinburgh Review (1858)
  • [Anonymous], “Editorial Etchings” (1858)
  • [Anonymous], From “Nathaniel Hawthorne” (1860)
  • Mary Gove Nichols, “Reminiscences of Edgar Poe” (1863)
  • John Frankenstein, From American Art (1864)
  • Elizabeth Oakes Smith, “Autobiographic Notes. Edgar Allan Poe.” (1867)
  • Joseph E. Snodgrass, “The Facts of Poe’s Death and Burial” (1867)
  • Margaret E. Wilmer, “Another View of Edgar A. Poe” (1867)
  • William Gowans, From Edgar Allan Poe (1891)
  • John Henry Ingram, “Edgar Poe” in Temple Bar (1874)
  • Francis Gerry Fairfield, “A Mad Man of Letters” (1875)
  • F. R. M., From “The Poet Not an Epileptic” (1875)
  • Sarah Helen Whitman, From “Poe, Critic, and Hobby. A Reply to Mr. Fairfield …” (1875)
  • [Anonymous], From [Editorial Notice of Reply to Fairfield] (1875)
  • Francis Gerry Fairfield, From “Edgar Allan Poe. A Letter …” (1875)
  • Charles Frederick Briggs, From “The Personality of Poe” (1877)
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Caratteristiche del libro

  • Poe in His Own Time di Benjamin F. Fisher
  • University Of Iowa Press
  • 276 pagine
  • 15 maggio 2010

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