Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe 1926

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Kessinger Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 460 pages
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Vol. 2 of 2. Israfel is not fictionalized biography. Even very small circumstances and particulars about Poe, the people he knew, and his surroundings as described in the text are literal. The aim is to tell the story of Poe's life in more than usual detail of time, place, events and personalities that constitute Poe's life story in proper sequence and truthful relationship. Sample Contents: Grotesques and Arabesques; High Tide; Spring Garden Street; The Raven and his Shadow; Handkerchief Soaked in Ether; Lenore and the Edge of the World; Notes on Poe's Ancestry; Poe's Brother; First Marriage; plus much more. Illustrated.

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Novelist, poet, and biographer, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Allen began writing poetry while a student but did not start writing professionally until after his service in World War I, when he was teaching in South Carolina. His biography Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe was published in 1926. His novel Anthony Adverse (1933) is one of the best-selling historical novels of all time, with nearly 3 million copies in print to date. Allen's works of historical fiction are set all over the world and in eras ranging from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. In spite of his use of rich details and historical background, Allen's focus is always on the people in his writing. He is less interested in examining the neuroses of characters than in portraying characters in a romantic, colorful, and exciting way that sweeps the reader along.

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