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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Kenneth Eugene Silverman was born in Manhattan, New York on February 5, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in English in 1956 and a master's degree in English in 1958 from Columbia University. He taught for a year at the University of Wyoming before receiving a doctorate in English in 1964 from Columbia University. He was a specialist in Colonial American literature and spent his entire academic career at New York University, retiring in 2001. After editing the anthology Colonial American Poetry, he wrote Timothy Dwight and A Cultural History of the American Revolution. The Life and Times of Cotton Mather received the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize in 1985. His other biographies included Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance, Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F.B. Morse, Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage, and Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss, American Self-Liberator, Europe's Eclipsing Sensation, World's Handcuff King and Prison Breaker - Nothing on Earth Can Hold Houdini a Prisoner!!! He died from complications of a respiratory illness on July 7, 2017 at the age of 81.

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