Praise for the previous edition:
2002 Edgar Allan Poe Award, "Best Critical/Biographical Work" category
"The full breadth and depth of Poe's work is illuminated in this title...Invaluable for research projects and papers."School Library Journal
Edgar Allan Poe is one of America's best-loved authors. During Poe's short and turbulent life, he invented the modern detective story and horror genre with such immortal works as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." He is also known for the haunting melody of his poetry, as in the classics "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," and many more. In addition, Poe wrote numerous critical articles, reviews, and essays on a variety of subjects.
Critical Companion to Edgar Allan Poe covers all of the writer's major and most minor works. The entries also provide a wealth of information on his personal life, including relationships with friends, relatives, and associates. This updated and reorganized edition of the award-winning Edgar Allan Poe A to Z contains extensive new material, including new critical commentary on Poe's major poems and stories.
- A thorough biography of Poe
- Synopses and critical assessments of all Poe's major works, including poems, stories, and critical essays
- Descriptions of Poe's fictional characters, from C. Auguste Dupin to Montresor
- Discussions of Poe's influence on Baudelaire and other French poets
- Entries on places that influenced Poe, from Baltimore to New York City
- Appendixes, including a chronology, bibliography, and a list of major Poe research collections.