Chauncey Mabe, Sun Sentinel- POE: A LIFE CUT SHORT by Peter Ackroyd

      POE: A LIFE CUT SHORT by Peter Ackroyd: Nan A. Tulese (Doubleday $21.95)

      Chauncey Mabe writes “Peter Ackroyd, a historian, novelist and the author of the best Shakespeare biography I’ve found, is nothing if not readable and credible.  In this little book, he examines the life of Edgar Allan Poe to show why the author of “The Raven” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” still matters.” 

      “Ackroyd gives us a rounded portrait, including items that may have eluded our English teachers.  Still, Ackroyd gives only glancing attention to a number of intriguing matters.”

      “Of course, I am asking for a different book than the one Ackroyd has written.  If he answered my querulous demands for aditional information, POE: A LIFE CUT SHORT would soon be something approaching a full biography.”

      Taken from the Arizona Daily Star  Friday, March 13, 2009

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