Poe love

James Sallis hopes James M. Hutchisson’s new biography of Edgar Allan Poe will restore the writer and critic to his rightful position as a Great Man of American Letters, replacing the “shadowy figures” that have emerged “through the fog of time and misapprehension”:

Poe the madman, Poe the despoiler of youth, Poe the drunkard, Poe the aesthete, Poe the other guy (besides Jerry Lewis), the French love.

“William Carlos Williams’s assertion that ‘on him is founded a literature’ may indeed be hyperbolic,” Sallas says, but “it is only mildly so.”

Background reading: A Rocky Poe.


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