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Edgar Allan Poe in Context

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Christopher Gair, James Hutchisson, Nathaniel Lewis, David Dowling, Andrea Goulet, Travis Montgomery, Mark Canada, Bran Nicol, Lindsey Hursh, Paul Fisher, Patricia A. Cunningham, Philip E. Phillips, Anne Boyd Rioux, Paul Christian Jones, Therese M. Rizzo, John Evelev, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Kathryn K. Shinn, Michael Everton, Jonathan Hartmann, Amy Branam, Gregory Hays, Lois Davis Vines, Alan Brown, Chris Beyers, Katherine Kim, Heidi Silcox, Tara Moore, Meghan A. Freeman, Brett Zimmerman, Satwik Dasgupta, Bruce Mills, Alvin Holm, Peter Swirski, Jonathan Taylor, Benjamin F. Fisher, John Tresch
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  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107009974

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  • Edgar Allan Poe mastered a variety of literary forms over the course of his brief and turbulent career. As a storyteller, Poe defied convention by creating Gothic tales of mystery, horror, and suspense that remain widely popular today. This collection demonstrates how Poe's experience of early nineteenth-century American life fueled his iconoclasm and shaped his literary legacy. Rather than provide critical explications of his writings, each essay explores one aspect of Poe's immediate environment, using pertinent writings – verse, fiction, reviews, and essays – to suit. Examining his geographical, social, and literary contexts, as well as those created by the publishing industry and advances in science and technology, the essays paint an unprecedented portrait of Poe's life and times. Written for a wide audience, the collection will offer scholars and students of American literature, historians, and general readers new insight into Poe's rich and complex work.

    • Provides a broad summary of Poe's writing, situating his work within a variety of contemporary and historical contexts
    • Essays written by a team of Poe scholars and specialists in early nineteenth-century America, offering unprecedented insight into Poe's life and times
    • Written in a jargon-free style, this accessible and comprehensive volume will appeal to scholars, students and general readers alike
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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107009974
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 152 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Preface
    Part I. Geographical Contexts:
    1. Great Britain Christopher Gair
    2. The south James Hutchisson
    3. The American west Nathaniel Lewis
    4. The sea David Dowling
    5. France Andrea Goulet
    6. The Near East Travis Montgomery
    7. The polar regions Mark Canada
    Part II. Social Contexts:
    8. The urban environment Bran Nicol
    9. Curiosity Lindsey Hursh
    10. Alcohol, addiction, and rehabilitation Paul Fisher
    11. Fashion, furnishings, and style Patricia A. Cunningham
    12. The American stage Philip E. Phillips
    13. Lions and bluestockings Anne Boyd Rioux
    14. Slavery and abolitionism Paul Christian Jones
    15. The cult of mourning Therese M. Rizzo
    Part III. The Contexts of Publishing:
    16. The literary profession John Evelev
    17. Magazines Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
    18. Gift books Kathryn K. Shinn
    19. Literary piracy Michael Everton
    20. The art of reviewing Jonathan Hartmann
    21. The politics of publishing Amy Branam
    Part IV. Literary Contexts:
    22. Ancient classics Gregory Hays
    23. Rabelais and Lesage Lois Davis Vines
    24. The Gothic movement Alan Brown
    25. Byron Chris Beyers
    26. Folk narrative Katherine Kim
    27. Transcendentalism Heidi Silcox
    28. Charles Dickens Tara Moore
    29. Nathaniel Hawthorne and the art of the tale Meghan A. Freeman
    Part V. Scientific and Pseudoscientific Contexts:
    30. Phrenology Brett Zimmerman
    31. Photography Satwik Dasgupta
    32. Mesmerism Bruce Mills
    33. Architecture Alvin Holm
    34. Fiction science Peter Swirski
    35. Cosmology and cosmogony Jonathan Taylor
    36. Forensic science Benjamin F. Fisher
    37. Technology John Tresch
    Further reading.

  • Editor

    Kevin J. Hayes, University of Central Oklahoma
    Kevin J. Hayes is Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma. Editor of The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe, he has published several books on American literature, history and culture, including Poe and the Printed Word (2000) and The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2008).

    Contributors

    Christopher Gair, James Hutchisson, Nathaniel Lewis, David Dowling, Andrea Goulet, Travis Montgomery, Mark Canada, Bran Nicol, Lindsey Hursh, Paul Fisher, Patricia A. Cunningham, Philip E. Phillips, Anne Boyd Rioux, Paul Christian Jones, Therese M. Rizzo, John Evelev, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, Kathryn K. Shinn, Michael Everton, Jonathan Hartmann, Amy Branam, Gregory Hays, Lois Davis Vines, Alan Brown, Chris Beyers, Katherine Kim, Heidi Silcox, Tara Moore, Meghan A. Freeman, Brett Zimmerman, Satwik Dasgupta, Bruce Mills, Alvin Holm, Peter Swirski, Jonathan Taylor, Benjamin F. Fisher, John Tresch

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