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The Edgar Allan Poe Scrapbook edited by Peter Haining. A collection of newspaper clippings, comics, reviews, illustrations, interviews, letters and notes written by Poe’s contemporaries. A truly excellent bit is a piece-by-piece destruction of the half-truths and outright lies in Griswold’s defamatory article written about our man before the ground had settled about his corpse. There are dozens of photographs and artwork, some rarely seen. Some of the biographical bits about streets Poe could have likely walked down when in Scotland as a young man could be wearing, but overall, it’s a must for the library of any serious Poe fan.
Baudelaire on Poe: Critical Papers by Lois and Frances Hyslop Jr.
Baudelaire, about whom I’ve written before , was an immediate and enormous fan of Poe’s. He felt such a connection with Poe’s work he wanted to introduce it to the French.
The book is divided into four sections. The first two are the 1852 and 1856 editions of Baudelaire’s Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Works , and, because they are two editions of the same work it’s quite repetitive, but still worth the read for the differences. Part Three is from New Notes on Edgar Poe, which was published in 1857 and the fourth part are prefaces to various translations like ‘The Raven’ and ‘Mesmeric Revelation’. It’s always interesting to read thoughts of writers who are coming from a similar artistic place.
Quotes from Baudelaire on Poe can be found here .