Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living

Edgar Allan Poe The Fever Called Living Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day He died broke and alone at

  • Title: Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living
  • Author: PaulCollins
  • ISBN: 9780544261877
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling The Tell Tale Heart to The Murders in the Rue Morgue Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling The Tell Tale Heart to The Murders in the Rue Morgue the first modern detective story to the iconic poem The Raven Poe s life was one of unremitting hardship His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three Poe was thrown out of West Point, and married his beloved thirteen year old cousin, who died of tuberculosis at twenty four He was so poor that he burned furniture to stay warm He was a scourge to other poets, but so to himself.In the hands of Paul Collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions Collins illuminates Poe s huge successes and greatest flop a 143 page prose poem titled Eureka , and even tracks down what may be Poe s first published fiction, long hidden under an enigmatic byline Clear eyed and sympathetic, Edgar Allan Poe is a spellbinding story about the man once hailed as the Shakespeare of America.

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    1. For those interested in a brief and well-written biography of the man, author Paul Collins' "Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living" is a perfect place to start. At less than 120 pages (including a few pages of Notes and recommendations for additional reading), the book's five engaging chapters fly by quickly. By his own admission, this book adds little "unusual or even unique" material to the subject of Poe's often calamitous life, and his strange death, but that's no discredit to Collins -- [...]

    2. I bought this on a whim - I think it was one of those $1.99 Kindle specials that show up in my email. It is an ultra-short biography, the actual text being only 108 pages, followed by some Notes. Collins' writing style is immensely readable, being as much fiction-like as perhaps Erik Larson, though admittedly without Larson's more exciting story. The only Poe I've read is his The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. It is a master of narrative voice—and above all, the creation of the de [...]

    3. I would have given this book four stars but after this book I read an anthology of Edgar Allan Poe's work. This book included some biographical information on Poe.Edgar Allan Poe was an orphan and raised in a foster family. Collin's book fails to mention that Poe had foster siblings and that his foster father remarried(his foster family never officially adopted him). I feel these details are critical to understanding Edgar Allan Poe. In addition, I felt that Collins did not come up with much new [...]

    4. As with other historical authors of note, there have been so many different biographies and books written about the life and times of Edgar Allan Poe. Yet, as I am a curious sort, I tend to read every one that I can get my hands on. Previously to this one, I found myself quite disappointed with the vast majority of them. Most of the time this was for two main reasons, which I shall note later in this review. This book delighted and surprised me. This author took a different approach. Rather than [...]

    5. I won this book in a First Reads giveaway and I am so very thankful. Free books are wonderful! The Fever was a fun little read, a succinct and concise biography of the life of Edgar Allen Poe and a very nice primer on the father of the detective genre. While this account of Poe breaks no new ground, Poe has always captured my imagination since I was a high school kid and this book served as a rock solid refresher about the life and times of E.A. Poe. I was reminded that Edgar Poe was orphaned a [...]

    6. A short, straightforward biography of Edgar Allan Poe that goes from birth to death and provides some brief literary criticism/literary context for his major stories, poems and novel. I listened to it on Audible and most of his life and his context in American publishing and periodicals of the time was particularly interesting. Paul Collins was most enthusiastic about Poe as the inventor of the detective story, almost treating everything else as sui generis dead ends.

    7. Edgar Allan Poe, by the time he wrote down the phrase “The fever called ‘Living’” – in his poem “For Annie” (1849) – was impoverished, in poor health, and desperately lonely, two years after the death of his beloved wife Virginia. The forty-year-old poet was also, though he could not have known it, in his last year of life; by the end of 1849, he would die, under mysterious circumstances and from unknown causes, in a Baltimore hospital. How fitting, then, that Paul Collins has ta [...]

    8. A literate though non-scholarly treatment (i.e it's an enjoyable read) of Poe's life and works. If brevity is the soul of wit, this book is a great example of that - thorough, but not tendentious. I especially enjoyed the "contextualization" of Poe's stories within the gothic tradition (gee, some of them weren't so original after all), and the stories of his critical reception (to the extent there was any). If you haven't read Chuck Klosterman's "But What if We're Wrong," this is kind of a cool [...]

    9. There's no reason it should have taken me so long to read such a slim book. I just couldn't get into it, so kept putting it down in favor of other reading. This basic biography of Poe jibes with a lot of the other information found on him in anthologies (and ). It's written well enough and sticks to the facts in pure biography style. It just doesn't do what I think a truly good biography should do, which is to show why the titular character deserves to be known and understood beyond their most f [...]

    10. Two things that I am not really into, poetry and literary criticism. So, of course, I choose to read a book about a poet and literary critic, Mr. E. A. Poe. This book is a run of the mill biography although very well documented and executed. It paints a true to life picture of one of America’s literary giants and his triumphs and struggles. Fortunately the author is not overly in awe of Poe so the artist comes across as a flesh-and-blood man trying to balance his grandiose dreams with the nece [...]

    11. I read this in preparation of my trip to Baltimore so as to better educate myself prior to our visit to Poe's grave. I agreed with the reviewers before me this is the perfect book for the novice Poe reader who does not want to delve into a 800+ page book. I wasn't planning on writing a thesis on the man, I just wanted to understand his life better. Collins does a fantastic job at weaving the biography into a story without incorporating too many extraneous details that would be beneficial for th [...]

    12. Interesting but very wordy, often didn't understand whole sentence author wrote. But life of EAP definetly a difficult one as are so many artists

    13. Paul Collins' brief, literary life of Poe is short. Very short. But, to expect anyone to produce an in-depth account of Poe and his writing in barely more than a hundred pages (plus notes, further reading and index) is completely ludicrous. Yes, important events are skipped too quickly and Collins' assessments of Poe's work is limited to a few sentences here and there. But again, it's about a hundred and fifteen pages long.So, having addressed the book's only real weakness, what remains?A neat, [...]

    14. I bought this book and a Poe collection after having a burger at a local eatery called Poe's Tavern - it has Poe movie posters on the walls and the restrooms are papered with pages from Poe stories! It brought back memories of reading some of Poe's works in middle/high school. My book club reads a classic every summer and I want to see if I want to suggest Poe for next year.This bio is relatively short (less than 120 pages) and interesting. He was a strange, talented, and tragic character. Now I [...]

    15. 3.5 stars. Competently written and the subject is interesting, but it feels insubstantial, despite (or perhaps because of) the author's tendency to opine on the merits and meaning of Poe's work. One rather gets the feeling of a biographer who enjoys having the subject in his clutches, and there's a whiff of judgment hanging about it all. I definitely enjoyed learning more about Poe's life, but the ultimate effect is to make me want to read a more in-depth biography!

    16. I had trouble finishing a 144 page biography of one of the most interesting writers of all time. Skip this, watch a PBS documentary on Poe, and use your saved time to read Pym, or "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," + "Marie Rogêt" +"The Purloined Letter,"or "The Raven" + his 1846 follow-up essay, "The Philosophy of Composition."

    17. I particularly enjoyed reading about the high points of the author's life--the good parts of his childhood, his success in the military, his loving marriage, his feline writing companion, Catterina--that happened in between the better known missteps and misfortunes that made him tragic figure we know as Edgar Allen Poe.

    18. A straightforward, short, readable biography. Poor alcoholic Poe. Did a lot of foolish things. I thought it was a little funny that he seemed to get in the marrying mood every time he met a rich widow. And none of them found that a little obvious?

    19. Sad Sad Sad Self defeating life. (I think children never get over their mamas giving them away as babies.) I'll never read another Poe poem again without thinking of his harsh reality.

    20. This was such an interesting book. Not only did I learn about Poe's life and challenges, but I also learned what it was like to be alive, poor, and an author at that time. Poor Poe, he was his own worst enemy. The book doesn't talk about the possibility of mental illness, but it's obviously there, with Poe self-medicating with alcohol. So many times his opportunities were undone by alcohol; I sympathize with him. On the other hand, I am happy that he had Virginia. I'm sure he found great solace [...]

    21. I liked this biography. It's an informative, interesting, and unique book about one of the best writers ever. Paul Collins does a fine job at establishing a unique voice for himself as the narrator. I really did learn a lot about Poe who I knew almost nothing about previously. This book is rich with quirky little oddities about Poe's life. It's short and to the point so it shouldn't take too long to read. Collins details several of Poe's successes and failures. Maybe it was just me, but I just l [...]

    22. Okay, let's first say that I'm probably prejudiced in the fact that I own all of Poe's works: not once, but twice - having bought them for myself and then again been given as a gift from my darling mother-in-law. I am such a fan of his, in fact, that on a recent trip back east I insisted on traveling to Baltimore for the main purpose of visiting his grave.That being said, I will acknowledge that this is not an intense biography; it does not run hundreds of pages. But what it does cover are inten [...]

    23. 3.5 stars. This is a short biography of Edgar Allan Poe and I think that may be a good thing because Poe's life was really pretty dismal for the most part. Born to performer parents, he was raised by a wealthy family that never quite made the commitment of actually adopting him, and didn't think enough of him to include him in the will. The rest of his life was spent mostly in poverty with episodes of alcoholism that normally undid some of his success. He longed for a writing career including fa [...]

    24. It’s a given that horror writers are frequently not respected as others are. As this new biography of one of the towering figures in horror shows, Edgar Allen Poe fared a bit better than average. He was acknowledged as a writer of literary merit while he was a alive, even being called “the American Shakespeare. This however still did not translate into rolling in dough—and personal tragedy would overshadow nearly every publishing success. Many will know the basic story—Poe was orphaned e [...]

    25. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I requested this book a while ago, to satisfy my curiosity about why my students (middle school and high school) were obsessed with Poe. I'd read, years ago, the complete tales of Poe, and taught year after year Annabel Lee and The Raven. Every year I made a point of reading The Tell-Tale Heart to my students in creepy teacher voice when we discussed first person narrator, and they ate it up. But let [...]

    26. I was walking through my local library when I spotted the small biography of Edger Allan Poe in the new Non-fiction display. Memories of my long past formal education came flooding back. I don't remember in great detail much of what I read for English classes during Jr High, High School and Collage. But now 50 years later Poe's work still comes back clearly. Th Raven, Annabelle Lee, The Masque of Red Death, The Tell Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado all left strong impressions on me. There [...]

    27. Edgar Allan Poe was among my earliest reading experiences and I still enjoy going back to him. It’s like visiting a somewhat odd but cherished old friend.I’ve also read much about him, including some lesser known than deserved early books about his life and career such as Hervey Allen’s wonderful “Israfel” and Eugene Didier’s “The Poe Cult.”So I wasn’t expecting to learn much new about the man in this short book by Paul Collins. He offers the facts on Poe’s life, literary adv [...]

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