Edgar Poe in Context

Hafley, James
July 1954
New Republic;7/19/54, Vol. 131 Issue 3, p20
This article presents information on the book "The Haunted Man: A Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe," by Philip Lindsay. Poet Edgar Allan Poe's importance for literature has been adequately defined during the last few decades, his peculiar cultural importance which is almost to say his importance for American literature in all its relevant contexts, is what requires definition now. Lindsay's book is not a biography, working in England, he does not pretend to offer more than a retelling, it is overwrought and not always reliable, of the powerful story Poe's life is, with only stock treatment of the man as artist, and none of the focus or synthesis that the meaning of the story makes people want.


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