New Essays on Poe's Major Tales

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CUP Archive, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 134 pages
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In his introduction to New Essays on Poe's Major Tales, Kenneth Silverman sets forth Poe's theory of the tale, and examines recurrent motifs in his fiction. The essays that follow present a variety of critical approaches and illuminate different facets of Poe's complex imagination, concentrating on such famous tales as "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Black Cat" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." In interpreting one or a few of Poe's classic tales, the critics also illuminate such broader issues as his depiction of women, his theory of knowledge, his understanding of perversity, his relation to popular culture, and his preoccupation with death.
  

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A specialist in American culture and literature, Silverman received a Pulitzer Prize in biography and a Bancroft Prize in American history, both in 1985, for The Life and Times of Cotton Mather (1984). His most recent biography is a psychological portrait of Edgar Allan Poe. Critics have consistently noted Silverman's masterful range and his skill at presenting his figures as complex human beings of great depth.

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