A survey of the critical opinion concerning the effect of Edgar Allan Poe's life upon his literary work
Date of Award
Master of Arts
In this thesis I hope to present a picture of the effect the life of Edgar Allan Poe had upon his writing. Poe was and still is a controversial figure. Many of his biographers and critics agree that the illnesses and deaths of those dearest to him and the constant pressure of outer tragic circumstances played a great part in what he put down upon paper. Others feel his drinking and dope-taking colored his outpourings. There is much emphasis placed upon his childhood days in England. Some attention is paid to his life in Richmond as a boy. There are a few on the other side who think he wrote purely from imagination -- without heart -- though these latter critics are in the minority.
Griffith, Alice Mary, "A survey of the critical opinion concerning the effect of Edgar Allan Poe's life upon his literary work" (1952). Master's Theses. 67.