By J. Gerald Kennedy
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), son of itinerant actors, holds a safe position within the firmament of heritage as America's first grasp of suspense. exhibiting scant curiosity in local scenes or fabrics, Edgar Allan Poe turns out the main un-American of yank writers through the period of literary nationalism; but he used to be while a practical magazinist, absolutely engaged in pop culture and very considering the "republic of letters" within the usa. This ancient consultant comprises an advent that considers the tensions among Poe's "otherworldly" settings and his traditionally marked representations of violence, in addition to a pill biography situating Poe in his historic context. the next essays during this publication hide such issues as Poe and the yank Publishing undefined, Poe's Sensationalism, his relationships to gender buildings, and Poe and American privateness. the quantity additionally features a bibliographic essay, a chronology of Poe's lifestyles, a bibliography, illustrations, and an index.
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Poe seems to have flourished during his sojourn in South Carolina. He later wrote to Allan: 'At no period of my life, have I regarded myself with deeper satisfaction—or did my heart swell with more honorable pride" (L, 10). He continued to write poetry and pursued his desultory reading of Shakespeare and the English poets, and he probably made the acquaintance William Gilmore Simms and Hugh Swinton Legare, both editors of 26 Edgar Allan Poe Southern literary journals. On leave he undoubtedly made a nostalgic visit to the Charleston Theater, where his parents had performed.
Unrest also simmered as a result of the Virginia slave insurrection of 1831 led by Nat Turner—an episode that sent vicarious panic throughout the South. Poe's contact with slavery seems at this period to have been mostly incidental, although he had acted (in 1829) as Maria Clemm's agent in the hiring out of a slave named Edwin (PL, 100). Given the family's destitution, it seems highly unlikely that Mrs. Poe or Mrs. Clemm still retained domestic slaves in the 1830s. Without employment or income, Poe must nevertheless have drawn occasional, ironic comparisons between his circumstances and those of the slave.
He framed the narratives with a brief, comic introduction depicting a fictitious club of oddball raconteurs like "Mr. Horribile Dictu" and "Mr. " Impressed by the "wild, vigorous" imagination of these pieces, the committee selected "MS Found in a Bottle" for the premium in fiction, while Poe's "The Coliseum" took second prize in the poetry competition (PL, 133). The story appeared on October 19, and the newspaper later announced an entire volume of "Folio Club" tales to be published by subscription.
A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe (Historical Guides to American Authors) by J. Gerald Kennedy