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Poe: A Life Cut Short Paperback – 5 Feb 2009

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099287676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099287674
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Poe is an ideal biographical subject for Peter Ackroyd... Admirably captures the heady mix of the esoteric, grotesque and thoroughly modern in Poe" (Sunday Times)

"With an adept ventriloquism, Ackroyd weaves together contemporary testimony and his own crisp narrative... His own elegant, even terse, prose mirrors his subject's best, whilst it is also shot through with Poe's anguish" (Scotsman)

"Ackroyd is clearly fascinated by his subject. He makes the reader want to re-read Poe, and indeed to read more of Ackroyd on Poe" (Scotland on Sunday)

"Ackroyd is more like a literary spiritualist who summons up the voices of the dead and encourages them to possess his writing... It is as short and sharp as a flick-knife" (Daily Telegraph)

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Edgar Allan Poe's life (1809-1849) was gothic, mysterious, theatrical, fatally flawed, original, dark, dazzling, satirical, inventive - in short, an ideal subject for Peter Ackroyd. Concise, dramatic and immensely readable, this is an essential and idiosyncratic addition to Ackroyd's canon of brilliant biographies.

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