The Poe Encyclopedia

The Poe Encyclopedia

The Poe Encyclopedia

The Poe Encyclopedia

Synopsis

Best known as the author of imaginative short fiction, such as "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Cask of Amontillado," and as the author of hauntingly sonorous poems such as "The Raven," Edgar Allan Poe was a leading practitioner of the American Gothic and helped popularize the short story as a genre. This reference work assembles in dictionary format a complete and current body of information on Poe's life and work. More than 1900 entries cover all phases of Poe's art and literary criticism, his family relationships, his numerous travels and residences, and the abundance of critical responses to his works. Each entry provides bibliographical information, and the volume concludes with an extensive listing of works for further consideration.

Excerpt

Planned and compiled as an eclectic reference aid to Poe studies, the purpose of The Poe Encyclopedia is to serve the factual and critical needs of readers of Poe at every level. Like any encyclopedia, the volume is a concentration of information embracing every aspect of the subject. Professional researchers and Poe scholars may consult the Encyclopedia to verify facts and ascertain both current and historical trends in Poe criticism. General readers of Poe already familiar with the primary texts can use the Encyclopedia to go deeper into the man and his writings. Teachers of Poe and undergraduates encountering his work for the first time in an intellectual context may go to the Encyclopedia for critical and factual guidance as well as a source for new approaches and topics of inquiry.

The assumption is that everything Poe wrote or did has now been subjected to scholarly scrutiny. It is a false assumption, as a survey of the scant criticism on many of the tales and poems will reveal, for there are many biographical and interpretive areas that remain to be explored. Certainly, one of the most immediate audiences for the Encyclopedia is in several senses the most universally vital, and it is certainly the largest. The legions of readers of Poe in every nation and every language who attend his work in search of sheer pleasure and entertainment may find in the Encyclopedia a repository of data that will lead to further pleasures and discoveries. The scope of the Encyclopedia, then, reflects the magnitude of Poe's appeal to many types of users who read Poe for diverse reasons and motives.

The majority of users will opt to consult the Encyclopedia selectively in pursuit of data on a special area or sequence of themes. Before undertaking any . . .

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