By Terence Whalen
Edgar Allan Poe has lengthy been considered as an artist who was once hopelessly out of step together with his time. yet as Terence Whalen indicates, America's such a lot celebrated romantic outcast used to be in lots of methods the nation's such a lot consultant advertisement author. Whalen explores the antebellum literary atmosphere during which Poe labored, an atmosphere marked via financial clash, political strife, and common foreboding over the increase of a mass viewers. The ebook indicates that the publishing undefined, faraway from being a passive backdrop to writing, threatened to dominate all facets of literary construction. confronted with monetary difficulty, Poe desperately sought to flee what he known as "the journal prison-house" and "the horrid legislation of political economy." via putting Poe firmly in financial context, Whalen unfolds a brand new account of the connection among literature and capitalism in an age of momentous social switch. The e-book combines pathbreaking old examine with cutting edge literary idea. It comprises the 1st fully-documented account of Poe's reaction to American slavery and the 1st expos? of his plot to falsify move figures. Whalen additionally presents a brand new rationalization of Poe's ambivalence towards nationalism and exploration, a close inquiry into the clash among cryptography and customary wisdom, and a basic conception of Poe's experiments with new literary kinds similar to the detective tale. ultimately, Whalen indicates how those experiments are at once associated with the sunrise of the knowledge age. This booklet redefines Poe's position in American literature and casts new gentle at the emergence of a countrywide tradition prior to the Civil warfare.