College of Liberal Arts

Department of English



James M. Hutchisson

"The Permanence of Poe"

This review-essay gathers together five recent books on Poe that in one way or another all concern Poe’s reputation and public image, as well as his enduring appeal to both students and the general reader:  Edgar Allan Poe, by Kevin J. Hayes; Poe: A Life Cut Short, by Peter Ackroyd; In the Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Michael Connelly; The Cambridge Introduction to Edgar Allan Poe, by Benjamin F. Fisher; and How to Write about Edgar Allan Poe, by Susan Amper.  The essay discusses the popular myths and misconceptions about Poe that still abound and the difficulties we sometimes face as scholars and teachers in having to convince our audiences that the imagination behind the work was separate from the values, work habits, and day-to-day life of the author.




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