The Life of Edgar Allan Poe: Personal and Literary, with His Chief Correspondence with Men of Letters - Vol. 1

The Life of Edgar Allan Poe: Personal and Literary, with His Chief Correspondence with Men of Letters - Vol. 1

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The Life of Edgar Allan Poe: Personal and Literary, with His Chief Correspondence with Men of Letters - Vol. 1

The Life of Edgar Allan Poe: Personal and Literary, with His Chief Correspondence with Men of Letters - Vol. 1

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I was asked, somewhat to my surprise, by my friend, the late Charles Dudley Warner, in 1883, to write the life of Poe for the American Men of Letters Series, which he was then editing. My attention had never been drawn to Poe, nor my interest specially excited by his works; so that I entered upon the task, my first important literary commission, with a fresh mind; and, though contact with the subject may have bred prejudice, I had none at the outset, so far as I remember. Out of this biography my later labors naturally grew. The late W. M. Griswold, with whom I had a slight acquaintance in college, on receiving by the death of his father's literary executor the Poe papers originally given to the elder Griswold, asked me, in conjunction with the editors of "The Century Magazine" and "Scribner's Magazine," to edit these papers, and I did so. I also used them in the memoir prefixed to the edition of Poe's works undertaken by me in collaboration with the late E. C. Stedman and at his request. At a later period I edited, similarly . . .

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