Mistress of Death: Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living


9780544261877_p0_v4_s260x420Thanks to the Biography series, Icons, Edgar Allan Poe is getting a whole new look. The shadowy figure of Edgar Allan Poe has floated back and forth between fact and fiction since his tragic death. Author Paul Collins hopes to bring a bit more of the truth to the forefront in his new book Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living. Collins covers Poe’s life from his roots as a poor child born to a family of performers, to his eventually adoption by the Allan family. It discusses the difficult relationships Poe had with his biological and adoptive families, as well as the tragedies that followed the writer.

Collins deftly gives the stark facts of Poe’s alcoholism while still giving a sympathetic view to the long suffering writer. With so much of Poe’s life fictionalized in popular media, The Fever Called Living helps clear away some of the fantasy so that the reader is able to see what really happened. The biography is just over 100 pages, so it is a fast read for those interested in the life of Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living is available August 26, 2014.


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