Fallen Angel: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

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Released November 15, 2023.

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Published by: Louisiana State University Press (Hardcover 2023)
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Praise for Fallen Angel: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe:

Combining, with a light touch, shrewd psychological analysis and literary appreciation, highlighting Poe’s journalistic career and the interest of many lesser-known writings, this masterful exploration of the ways in which the incidents of Poe’s life inform his work has much to engage and delight any fan of Poe.

— Jonathan Culler, author of Theory of the Lyric
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As a poet and novelist, Robert Morgan deftly explains the subtle, subliminal effects of Poe’s texts, and he counters the gloomy emphasis of many earlier biographies by underscoring the author’s courage in the face of recurrent adversity.

— J. Gerald Kennedy, author of Poe, Death, and the Life of Writing
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Morgan does what literary biography ought always to do, mixing a facility for humane storytelling with sound scholarly analysis. He captures Poe’s haunted world, where what is strange is beautiful and what is beautiful is strange.

— Andrew Burstein, author of The Original Knickerbocker: The Life of Washington Irving
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Morgan masterfully weaves together the threads of Poe’s life, literature, and legacy while uncovering the love-starved romantic too often hidden behind his popular image as a horror master.

— Christopher P. Semtner, curator, Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia
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