The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science
ISBN: 0374247854
EAN13: 9780374247850
Language: English
Publication Date: Jun 15, 2021
Pages: 448
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science

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An innovative biography of Edgar Allan Poe--highlighting his fascination and feuds with science

Decade after decade, Edgar Allan Poe remains one of the most popular American writers. He is beloved around the world for his pioneering detective fiction, tales of horror, and haunting, atmospheric verse. But what if there was another side to the man who wrote The Raven and The Fall of the House of Usher?

In The Reason for the Darkness of the Night, John Tresch offers a bold new biography of a writer whose short, tortured life continues to fascinate. Shining a spotlight on an era when the lines separating entertainment, speculation, and scientific inquiry were blurred, Tresch reveals Poe's obsession with science and lifelong ambition to advance and question human knowledge. Even as he composed dazzling works of fiction, he remained an avid and often combative commentator on new discoveries, publishing and hustling in literary scenes that also hosted the era's most prominent scientists, semi-scientists, and pseudo-intellectual rogues. As one newspaper put it, Mr. Poe is not merely a man of science--not merely a poet--not merely a man of letters. He is all combined; and perhaps he is something more.

Taking us through his early training in mathematics and engineering at West Point and the tumultuous years that followed, Tresch shows that Poe lived, Read More chevron_right

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