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Edgar Allan Poe’s works, with their gothic and often obsessive themes, have had a significant influence on American
In this Norton Critical Edition, G. R. Thompson has fully introduced, annotated, and edited each text.
“Backgrounds and Contexts” includes fifty-seven carefully chosen documents that illuminate Poe’s prolific but short
career, among them reviews, prefaces, and correspondence by Poe as well as thematic pieces dealing with
Transcendentalism and alternative romanticism, sciences of the mind, sensation fiction, and the South and slavery.
Fourteen judiciously selected critical essays address Poe’s poetry, fiction, politics, and psychology. Contributors
include Floyd Stovall, Robert C. McLean, Richard Wilbur, James W. Gargano, Joseph J. Moldenhauer, Paul John Eakin, Grace
Farrell, Liahna Klenman Babener, Barton Levi St. Armand, Joseph N. Riddel, J. Gerald Kennedy, John Carlos Rowe, Terence
Whalen, and John T. Irwin.
A Selected Bibliography is also included.