Poe Writing / Writing Poe

Edited by Richard Kopley and Jana Argersinger

ISBN-10: 0-404-64475-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-64475-8
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AMS Studies in the Nineteenth Century, No. 45

Poe Writing / Writing Poe brings together essays on both Edgar Allan Poe’s responses to his reading and his world and later writers’ responses to reading Poe. Drawn from papers originally presented at the celebrated First International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, the essays have been newly revised and updated and include work by renowned and arriving Poe scholars.

The essays take on such topics as Poe’s ambiguous use of Julian the Apostate in “The Assignation,” his “artistic revenge” on Thomas Dunn English’s novel 1844 in “The Cask of Amontillado,” and his indebtedness to Robert Chambers’s book Vestiges of Creation in Eureka. The essays go on to describe Poe’s sympathy with the Whigs and his turning away from American settings to European ones, culminating in the first section with a formal analysis of the “infinite centers” in Poe’s works.

We then discover Nathaniel Hawthorne’s use of Poe’s “The Imp of the Perverse” in The Scarlet Letter, Mark Twain’s transformation of Poe’s detective fiction in “The Stolen White Elephant,” Henry James’s reliance on Poe’s aesthetics in Roderick Hudson, and Willa Cather’s employment of Poe’s “William Wilson” and “The Man of the Crowd” in “Consequences.”

The book closes with a study of contemporary writers’ treatment of Poe’s work and another study of Poe’s presence on the Internet. The volume offers extremely fine Poe scholarship for the Poe Bicentennial.


Poe Writing
David Ketterer, “Julian the Apostate and ‘The Assignation’: ‘Thou Hast Conquered’”
Richard D. Rust, “‘Punish with Impunity’: Poe’s Artistic Revenge with ‘The Cask of Amontillado’”
Robert Scholnick, “Eureka, the Lyceum, and Cosmic Science”
Reiner Smolinski and Jeffrey E. Rumiano, “Edgar Allan Poe’s Party Politics in the Age of Jackson”
Robin Sandra Grey, “Patronage, Southern Politics, and the Road Not Taken: Poe and J. B. Jones”
J. Gerald Kennedy, “The American Turn of Edgar Allan Poe”
Henri Justin, “An Impossible Aesthetics or an Aesthetics of the Impossible?”

Writing Poe
Frank Pisano, “Dimmesdale’s Pious Imperfect Perverseness: Poe’s ‘Imp of the Perverse’ and The Scarlet Letter
John C. Gruesser, “The Purloined Critter: Twain’s Parodic Homage to the Originator of Detective Fiction in ‘The Stolen White Elephant’”
Dennis Pahl, “Henry James, Aestheticism, and the Anxiety of Poe’s Influence: The Example of Roderick Hudson
Elsa Nettels, “Poe and Cather”
Daniel Hoffman, “Returns from the Grave: The Spirit of Poe in Contemporary Fictions”
Heyward Ehrlich, “Electrifying Poe: Research and Teaching on the Internet”


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