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Poe: A Life Cut Short

AuthorPeter Ackroyd

NarratorWilliam Hope

Duration5h 45m

CategoriesAdult Non-Fiction, Biography and Autobiography

Key StageA Level

PublisherChivers

VersionUnabridged

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Edgar Allan Poe served as a soldier and began his literary career composing verses modelled on Byron. Soon he was trying out his 'prose-tales' - often horror melodramas such as 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. He wrote for and edited a number of literary magazines, and was influential among critics and writers of the American south. His versatile writings - including 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and 'The Raven' - continue to resonate down the centuries. Peter Ackroyd's biography sets the scene for a short life packed with drama and tragedy, combined with extraordinary brilliance.

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