Private Perry And Mister Poe: The West Point Poems, 1831

Private Perry And Mister Poe: The West Point Poems, 1831
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165
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0807130540
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Peter Lang Publishing
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Poe, Edgar Allan
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Book DescriptionWriting poetry and inspecting artillery bombs for the army do not seem like compatible endeavors, which is perhaps why many biographers and critics have overlooked Edgar Allan Poe?s stint in the military, dismissing it as an odd aberration in his literary career. William F. Hecker, however, is in a unique position to appreciate the influence that military culture and training had on the young poet. A professional artilleryman and a Poe scholar, Hecker offers a lively, nuanced account of Poe?s experience as an enlisted soldier and West Point cadet and relates it to his writing, especially his Poems (1831), presented here in facsimile for the first time since 1936. Military service appealed to Poe?s romantic sense of adventure, and in 1827 he joined the army under the name Edgar A. Perry. He rose quickly through the ranks?most notably learning cannon drill?but suffered as a social misfit in the field and at West Point, where legends about a...

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