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A Descent into Edgar Allan Poe and His Works: The Bicentennial

Edited By Beatriz González Moreno and Margarita Rigal Aragón

Today Edgar Allan Poe is a well-known and highly regarded author. When, a hundred years ago (1909), a group of Poe acquaintances, fans and scholars got together at the University of Virginia to commemorate Poe’s birth centenary, they had to do so in order to modify the persistent misstatements of his earlier biographers, and to correct the unsettled judgment of his literary rank.
Now, in 2009, many Poe fans and scholars are gathering together once more to honour Poe on the second centenary of his birth. Different types of events (theatrical and musical performances, book auctions, etc.) and academic conferences have been celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, acclaiming Poe’s literary rank again. This volume brings together a wide range of scholars with varied critical approaches and succeeds in shedding new light on E. A. Poe on the occasion of his Bicentenary. The book is organized into three principal sections; the first part focuses on the reception of Poe in Great Britain, France, and Spain; the second revisits some of Poe’s main legacies, such as his stories of detection, the Gothic, and Science Fiction; and the third deals with the aesthetic quality of his narratives and also offers an analysis of his work integrating Text Linguistics within the broader study of social discourses.


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Chronology Yr. Poe’s life Events Yr. 18 09 Born in Boston to David and Elizabeth Poe, actors. Edgar’s mother, Elizabeth A. Poe Charles Darwin’s birth. 1809 18 10 1810 18 11 Elizabeth Poe dies in Richmond. Edgar is taken under John and Frances Allan’s care, although is not offi cially adopted. Frances Allan Independence of Venezuela. 1811 18 12 1812 18 13 1813 PL_gonzl_rigal_Chronology_137-150.indd 139 11/16/09 3:27:16 PM 140 Ángel Galdón-Rodríguez Yr. Poe’s life Events Yr. 18 14 Russia invaded by Napoleon. 1814 Stephenson’s locomotive. 18 15 John Allan takes his family to Great Britain in order to expand his businesses. John Allan Battle of Waterloo. Conference in Vienna. 1815 18 16 Starts attending to a boarding School in London. Independence of Argentina. 1816 18 17 1817 18 18 Manor House School in Stoke Newington becomes his new boarding school. 1818 18 19 1819 18 20 Allan’s family moves back to North America (Richmond). First wave of liberal revolutions in Europe. 1820 PL_gonzl_rigal_Chronology_137-150.indd 140 11/16/09 3:27:17 PM Chronology 141 Yr. Poe’s life Events Yr. 18 21 Independence of Peru and Mexico. 1821 18 22 1822 18 23 Independence of Central America Provinces. 1823 18 24 Trade Unions created in Great Britain. 1824 18 25 Independence of last Portuguese and Spanish Colonies in America (except Puerto Rico and Cuba). 1825 18 26 Starts studying at University of Virginia. Village Design of University of Virginia 1826 18 27...

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