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Unformatted text preview: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyright material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction not be "used for any purposes other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. 1528/ EDGAR ALLAN POE Shall greet me like the odors blown From unseen meadows newly mown, Or lilies floating in some pond, Wood-fringed, the wayside gaze beyond; The traveller owns the grateful sense Of sweetness near, he knows not whence, And, pausing, takes with forehead bare The benediction of the air. EDGAR ALLAN POE 1809-1849 755 1866 Edgar Allan Poe excelled in several types of writing, publishing tales of terror and supernatural agency, detective stories, romantic and narrative poetry, burlesques, hoaxes, and literary criticism. As a magazine editor, he hoped to elevate American lit- erature to world prominence; he therefore rejected the idea that there should be a specifically national character to American writing, and severely criticized contempo- rary authors when they failed to meet his standards. Quarrelsome, temperamental, alcoholic, unreliable, he made few friends and many enemies. The facts of his life, the most melodramatic of any of the major American writers of his generation, have been hard to determine; lurid legends about him circulated even before he died, some spread by Poe himself. Two days after Poe's death his supposed friend Rufus Griswold, a prominent anthologizer of American literature to whom Poe had entrusted his liter- ary papers, began a campaign of character assassination, writing a vicious obituary and rewriting Poe's correspondence so as to alienate the public as well as his friends. Gris- wold's false claims and forgeries, unexposed for many years, significantly shaped Poe's reputation for decades. Yet biographers now possess much reliable information about Poe's life. His mother, Elizabeth Arnold, was a prominent actress, touring the eastern seaboard in a profes- sion that was then considered disreputable. In 1806, as a teenage widow, she married David Poe Jr., another actor. Edgar, the couple's second of three children, was born in Boston on January 19, 1809; a year later, David Poe deserted the family. In Decem- ber ]8]], Elizabeth Poe died at twenty-four while performing in Richmond, Virginia; the evidence suggests that her husband died soon afterward at the age of twenty- seven....
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