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Poe's Difference

R. C. De Prospo

Poe’s Difference argues that Edgar Allan Poe has much more in common with early American, medieval, and ancient writers than with the modern and post-modern ones with whom the writer is so often associated. This book emphasizes Poe’s anachronisms to make a number of theoretical, pedagogical, literary historical, and political claims about the backwardness of antebellum U.S. culture. Some time ago Michael Colacurcio issued the challenge that "the full case for the Puritan character of Poe’s ‘horror’ remains to be made." Although going back a good deal further than just to the "Puritans," Poe’s Difference aspires fully to make precisely this case.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: De Prospo, R. C., author.

Title: Poe’s difference / R. C. De Prospo.

Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2019017264 | ISBN 978-1-4331-6932-8 (hardback: alk. paper)ISBN 978-1-4331-6933-5 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6934-2 (epub)ISBN 978-1-4331-6935-9 (mobi)

Subjects: LCSH: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809–1849—Criticism and interpretation.

Classification: LCC PS2638 .D394 2019 | DDC 818/.309—dc23

LC record available at 10.3726/b15628

Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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