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Poe: A Life Cut Short

Poe: A Life Cut Short

(2008)
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A fascinating new biography of Edgar Allan Poe (1809—1849) — sure to be another bestselling biography for Peter Ackroyd.

Poe's life was Gothic, mysterious, theatrical, fatally flawed, original, dark, dazzling, satirical and inventive — in short, an ideal subject for Peter Ackroyd. In fact, Ackroyd's biography of Poe opens with his end, his final days — no-one knows what happened between the time when friends saw him off on the steamboat to Baltimore and his discovery six days later dying in a tavern. This mystery sets the scene for a short life packed with drama and tragedy (drink and poverty) combined with extraordinary brilliance. Tennyson described him as “the most original genius that America has produced.”

Poe has been claimed as the forerunner of modern fantasy, and credited with the invention of psychological dramas (long before Freud), science fiction (before H.G. Wells and Jules Verne) and the detective story (before Arthur Conan Doyle). He influenced European romanticism and was the harbinger of both Symbolism and Surrealism. Peter Ackroyd claims that Poe found his family among writers — writers not only of his time but of the future generations who were influenced by the power of his imagination.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Poe: A Life Cut Short (Ackroyd's Brief Lives)
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-385-50800-X / 978-0-385-50800-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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February 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: Poe: A Life Cut Short
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-7011-6988-5 / 978-0-7011-6988-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

February 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Poe: A Life Cut Short
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 0-09-928767-6 / 978-0-09-928767-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

2007 : UK Audio CD
Title: Poe: A Life Cut Short
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd, Read by William Hope
ISBN: 1-4084-1113-X / 978-1-4084-1113-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: AudioGo
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

January 2009 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Poe: A Life Cut Short (Ackroyd's Brief Lives Book 4)
Author(s): Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Availability: Amazon   


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