19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849
Another post-Gothic writer who needs no introduction...
... or so I used to think, but every time I teach a Poe tale I hear students talk about what a drug-addled drunken psychopath he was. And since none of that is true, ol' Edgar does need an introduction. Or at least a disclaimer: no, Poe was not a drug addict, nor was he a drunk, although there's some evidence he had a problem with alcohol: not that he regularly over-indulged, but rather a medical condition, quite possibly some kind of enzyme disorder, which made even small amounts of alcohol highly problematic for him. He was known to drink on occasion, and sometimes to excess, very often when drinking was exactly the wrong thing to do; some scholars have speculated that Poe would deliberately (or at least "subconsciously deliberately") get drunk at high-stress moments in his life precisely in order to cause a plan or project to fail, such as the time he showed up drunk at the house of a woman with whom he was on the verge of marriage, conveniently ending the engagement. Not that Poe didn't want to marry her so much as he was unable to marry her, if what many scholars say about Poe and women is true.
||What do they say? Well, many trace his difficulties to his early abandonment by his parents, and his "pursuit" of various women was more a pursuit of the mother-imago (to get Jungian for a second) than of the woman herself, but when he came to the verge of marriage, well, not even Oedipus wanted to marry his mom. Thus it is that Poe ended up marrying his thirteen-year-old cousin, the aptly named Virginia (and this at a time when marrying one's cousin was a reasonably legitimate thing to do); she was already ill, thus conveniently rendering consummation of the marriage unlikely if not impossible. The Poe Society of Baltimore website has more on Poe's issues with drugs and alcohol.||
Comprehensive, and seriously impressive, listing of Poe e-resources. [Heyward Ehrlich]Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
Another rich Poe site, including etexts (with variants!) and extensive information on Poe's life and times. Check this one out.I Know Poe
An introductory website featuring tantalizing nuggests of information on various aspects of Poe's life and career. The web companion to the "Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster" eshibit at the Library of Virginia. [Library of Virginia / Poe Museum]Qrisse's Poe Page
Christoffer Nilsson's web-complex for all things Poe, including a full complement of etexts and links to critical essays, biographical resources, and more. Highly recommended.Poe resource page
Includes biographical information as well as links and Poe-related information. [Alan Gullette]The Work of Edgar Allan Poe
Biographical overview, w/ some discussion of a few works.House of Usher
A fan site w/ links to texts and other Poe resources. [Peter Forrest]Biographical note
[Thomson-Gale Publishing]Biographical note
Part of the UNC-Chapel Hill "Documenting the American South" Project.Biographical note
Includes bibliography. [The Authors Calendar]Selections from the correspondence of Poe
From the Sept. 1894 issue of The Century magazine; part of The Making of America project.Brief biographical note
note: stories at the "Making of America" project are available in multiple formats (image, pdf, plain text). The links above are to the images — e-facsimiles, basically — but other viewing options are readily available (click on a page number, then select another "View As" option).
[Keith Parkins]Brief biographical note
[Gothic Labyrinth]Brief biographical note
[John W. Cousins, A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, 1910]The Raven Society
Part of the The Victorian Literary Studies Archive, this concordance allows you to search etexts of Poe's works.Poe's Grave
|There is, of course, no shortage of Poe collections on the market, but here's another good "complete" collection at a reasonable price:|| |
|The Poe Encyclopedia
Eds. Frederick S. Frank and Anthony Magistrale (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1998). Reviewer: Henri Justin [Romanticism on the Net]Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance
by Kenneth Silverman. Reviewer: E. A. Lombardi. [About.com]