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Recommended Poe Resources

There is no shortage of information about Edgar Allan Poe’s life and work, but much of it is unreliable. We have surveyed a variety of Poe resources to compile a few of our favorites below.

Biography

J. Gerald Kennedy, ed., A Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. (These informative essays by leading Poe scholars place Poe and his works in the context of his time.)

Mary Phillips, Edgar Allan Poe: The Man. Chicago: John Winston and Co., 1926. (This 1685-page two-volume work contains several inaccuracies but has many excellent illustrations.)

Arthur Hobson Quinn, Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography. 1941; rpt. New York. Cooper Square Publishers, 1969; rpt. Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 1998. (This is the best researched and least biased Poe biography to date)

Kenneth Silverman, Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance. New York, Harper Collins, 1991. (This book is more readable than Quinn’s but is very negatively biased against Poe.)

Dwight Thomas and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe. 1809-1849. New York: G.K. Hall and Co., 1987: rpt. New York. Simon and Schuster Macmillan. 1995. (This day-by-day account of Poe’s life quotes many contemporary documents. It is a good source of documentation on Poe’s life but is not very readable.)

Works

Edgar Allan Poe, Essays and Reviews. New York: Library of America, 1984. (This collection compiles much of Poe’s most important nonfiction.)

Thomas O. Mabbott, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Volume 1. Poems. Cambridge, Belknap Press, 1969. (Each poem is introduced with excellent documentation about possible inspirations, its publishing history, and the changes Poe made to it over time.)

Thomas O. Mabbott (editor), The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe- Tales and Sketches 1831-1842. Cambridge, Belknap Press, 1978.

Thomas O. Mabbott (editor), The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe-Tales and Sketches 1843-1849. Cambridge, Belknap Press, 1978.

John Ward Ostrom, Burton Pollin, Jeffrey Savoye (editors), The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe. New York: Gordian Press, Inc., 2008. 2 vols. (Almost every known letter written by Edgar Allan Poe is compiled with great background information about each.)

Stephen Peithman, The Annotated Tales of Edgar Allan Poe. New York: Doubleday, 1980. (Each tale contains extensive annotations including definitions of words and explanations of certain allusions.)

Burton R. Pollin, ed., Collected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Boston: Twayne. v.1 The Imaginary Voyages..., v. 2 The Brevities..., v. 3 The Broadway Journal pt. 1 and pt. 2, v. 4 The Southern Literary Messenger. 1981-v.2-4, New York Gordian Press, 1986-1997. (Poe’s lesser-known nonfiction and tales are anthologized here with considerable information about their publication.)

Miscellaneous

Barbara Cantalupo, Poe and the Visual Arts. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014. (This study examines Poe’s interest in visual art and his awareness of the art of his time.)

Michael J. Deas. The Portraits and Daguerreotypes of Edgar Allan Poe. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1989.

M. Thomas Inge, The Incredible Mr. Poe: Edgar Allan Poe in the Comics, 1944-2007. Richmond: Poe Museum, 2008. (This book discusses the history of comic book adaptations of Poe’s works and contains a chronology of those books.)

Burton R. Pollin. Images of Poe’s Works. A Comprehensive Catalogue of Illustrations. New York. Greenwood Press, 1989.

Burton R. Pollin. Poe Creator of Words. Bronxville, NY: Rev. ed. Nicholas T. Smith, 1980. (This book lists and defines over 1,000 words first used by Edgar Allan Poe.)

Lois Davis Vines (editor), Poe Abroad: Influence, Reputation, Affinities. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 1999. (Several Poe scholars contribute essays about Poe’s reputation in different countries and his influence on a number of international authors.)

I.M. Walker (editor), Edgar Allan Poe: The Critical Heritage. New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986. (To give readers an idea how he was received by his contemporaries, this book compiles almost every review of Poe’s work written during his lifetime.)

Teaching Poe

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock and Tony Magistrale (editors), Approaches to Teaching Poe’s Prose and Poetry. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2008. (The authors of this collection of essays propose ways educators can teach Poe’s most popular works.)

Web Resources

Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

This site contains the texts of almost everything Poe wrote and hundreds of biographies and articles about him. 

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

This site has compiled some great educational resources.