Poe's Critical Theory
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Poe's Critical Theory by Edgar Allan Poe
Book DescriptionEdgar Allan Poe's reputation as an enduring and influential American literary critic rests mainly upon the pieces in this edition. Editors Stuart and Susan F. Levine provide reading texts, detailed explanatory footnotes, variant readings, and introductions to show context. They also face frankly the contradictions in Poe's critical dicta. Poetry is for pleasure, not truth, Poe says, but argues that poetic inspiration leads to truth. Great works, Poe says, result from studied calculation, but also from irrational, supernal sources. Both biting critic and doughty defender of American artistic achievement, Poe was contemptuous of democratic art, except when he manned the barricades in its defence. "Poe's Critical Theory" highlights such conflicting ideas and suggests why they are present. This edition shows that what is consistent in Poe is not any single theory. Rather, always present are wit, playfulness, concern for the strong effect, a bin of recyclable allusions, anecdotes and quotations, and a writer's discipline. His writing on theory is of a piece with his fiction, poetry, and journalism. The Levines explain how these pieces also tie tightly to the social, political, economic, and technological history of the world in which Poe lived.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252031236
(231mm x 150mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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