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by Karen Lange

Nevermore brings one of America’s most enigmatic writers to the attention of a new generation of children. This intriguing photobiography examines the life and times of the author and poet who would have a huge influence on future generations of writers, poets, artists, and even songwriters. Poe pioneered the psychological horror story, the detective story, and the emerging genre of science fiction. Through his dark tales and unforgettable verse, as well as his literary criticism, he made major contributions to the development of the modern short story and modern poetry in America. Thanks to the translations of the French writer Charles Baudelaire, Poe also gained a wide audience throughout Europe. His work influenced not only writers, but also avant-garde artists, who saw in him a kindred soul.Karen Lange’s gripping narrative combines with the book’s vivid illustrations of Poe’s various haunts to create an atmospheric account of America’s most famous Romantic writer. The story shifts from his birth in Boston to Richmond, from Hampton Roads to Philadelphia, from New York City to his mysterious death in Baltimore. Nevermore is a rich appreciation of an American master, whose macabre tales of mystery took shape in tandem with his own strange and ultimately tragic life story.
Download Nevermore: A Photobiography of Edgar Allan Poe (Photobiographies) epub
ISBN: 142630398X
ISBN13: 978-1426303982
Category: Children
Subcategory: History
Author: Karen Lange
Language: English
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (February 24, 2009)
Pages: 64 pages
ePUB size: 1227 kb
FB2 size: 1181 kb
Rating: 4.8
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This book was an easy read for the 5th and 6th graders at my school location. The enjoyed it for poetry month!
Plenty of photographs, plenty of interesting facts, this book is an excellent go to guide for younger fans of Poe. This book was clearly a labor of love, it's beautifully designed and written.
Karen Lange's new addition to the bicentennial Poe fever is titled "Nevermore", after the poem "The Raven" which Poe was called upon to recite in nearly every public appearance he ever made. Her treatment of the author's life is, like her book on Jamestown, geared toward young adults, but does not soft pedal his failings or his psychological basis. The story is a fascinating one, right out of the 19th century: full of pathos and family tragedy, with a full treatment of what it is that made Edgar Allan Poe the quintessential Gothic master of fiction and poetry. My only complaint with the book is that Ms Lange neglected to give him his due in one critical area: his development of the perfected short story. If you doubt this, read "The Minister's Black Veil" by his contemporary Nathanial Hawthorne (a more typical horror story of the period). Now, compare this to "The Cask of Amontillado". Poe was a great admirer of Hawthorne, but clearly learned from his "mistakes". As with Blackwood, Machen and Lovecraft who followed, Poe was a true master of the weird and gruesome. Unlike them, however, he was the first, the Creator of proto-horror. He did the same for science fiction and the detective story. "Nevermore" digs deep into the sorrowful life of this man, the rejection of his adopted father, the protracted death of his child bride, his family's abject poverty and his creative struggle. The reader is amazed , in fact, why the world didn't kill him off sooner. The unasked question at the end in this, the 200th anniversary of his birth, is this: would we have his superb poetry and blood-curdling fiction if he'd had a happy life as a government clerk, with rosy-cheeked wife and children? Ms Lange's handling of Poe's fascinating story (with excellent graphics and photography) is well worth the purchase price.
Edgar Allan Poe's parents were actors in a day and age when the profession was not particularly well respected and a "boo" was not uncommon. Edgar's siblings, Henry and Rosalie were abandoned by their alcoholic father and when their young, tubercular mother died at the tender age of twenty-four they were tossed to the winds. Two-year-old Edgar was "taken in by Frances Allan," but never adopted, though lived a life of privilege. The only thing he had left of his family was a small portrait of his mother.

Poe was a good student, but things did not bode well for him. He had a falling out with his wealthy foster father, John Allan, and without money he soon fell into debt and began to gamble. He ran off to Boston and began to write poetry. Still impoverished he enlisted in the army under a fictitious name and oddly enough, rose quickly in the ranks. Later, after another, but final falling out with his foster father he became dependent on other family members. He began to write and it started to pay off. The money he made was meager and he "joined forces with English author and activist Charles Dickens to argue that writers should be paid more for their works." He began to write suspenseful tales that tapped into "readers' anxieties." Yet, despite his success he still couldn't pay his bills. He started to binge drink. What would become of him?

If you are a Poe fan, you're going to love this book. The writing had a nice conversational style and quickly drew me through the book. The photographs, appropriately, are in darker tones. In the back of the book is a chronology of Poe's life and additional recommended book, article and web site resources. Also included is a listing of places you can visit. Although several of his works are cited, there is no listing of Poe's literary works. If tales like the Premature Burial scared you half to death when you were a youngster you'll love this photobiography!