By Beatriz González Moreno, Margarita Rigal Aragón

This present day Edgar Allan Poe is a widely known and extremely popular writer. while, 100 years in the past (1909), a gaggle of Poe friends, fanatics and students bought jointly on the college of Virginia to commemorate Poe’s delivery centenary, that they had to take action for you to regulate the power misstatements of his prior biographers, and to right the unsettled judgment of his literary rank.
Now, in 2009, many Poe lovers and students are collecting jointly once again to honour Poe at the moment centenary of his beginning. varieties of occasions (theatrical and musical performances, booklet auctions, etc.) and educational meetings were celebrated on either side of the Atlantic, acclaiming Poe’s literary rank back. This quantity brings jointly a variety of students with various serious techniques and succeeds in laying off new gentle on E. A. Poe at the celebration of his Bicentenary. The ebook is geared up into 3 important sections; the 1st half specializes in the reception of Poe in nice Britain, France, and Spain; the second one revisits a few of Poe’s major legacies, reminiscent of his tales of detection, the Gothic, and technology Fiction; and the 3rd offers with the cultured caliber of his narratives and in addition deals an research of his paintings integrating textual content Linguistics in the broader examine of social discourses.

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This last effort is perhaps the best of its author; and this we regard as superlative praise. […] There could scarcely be a more forcible token of the extraordinary powers of the writer. His flight is still upwards. The pathos of “Nicholas Nickleby” is, in some respects, chargeable with exaggeration, but in general may be considered as unequalled. Its humor is surpassingly fine. The incidents of the story are well conceived and admirably managed; the interest never flags; and the total effect is highly graphic and artistical.

Of the poems, he translated only “The Raven”, “The Conqueror Worm” and “The Haunted Palace”. Baudelaire analyzed Poe as he would himself, claiming that Poe’s problems with substance abuse were a deliberate means of self-destruction, a long-term suicide attempt to escape the harsh realities of an evil outside world (Preußner 52). 3 For the most part, the conflict-ridden biographies of Poe and Baudelaire were so similar in nature that the Frenchman did not have to exaggerate affinities. While both had grown up in affluent middle class families, this material security did not make for a happy childhood.

Mrs. Allan, although a loving second mother to Poe, could not be there for her son when he most needed her since she became ill and died young. In times of need both sons turned to protective, surrogate mothers. When Mrs. Allan died, Poe found a third mother in his aunt, Mrs. Clemm. Baudelaire’s somewhat contentious relationship with his mother prompted him to seek stability in a romantic relationship. However, harboring misogynist views and repeatedly deserting his companion, Jeanne Duval, Baudelaire never achieved the harmonious bond he so desired.

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