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Thoughts from My Desk

November 26, 2008
Washington, DC

As we work on the Reader's Guide for Edgar Allan Poe, I've been thinking about how one might capture Poe's fiction in one breath. Perhaps something like . . .

"Edgar Allan Poe's fiction combined a boy's fascination with all things gross and disgusting, a youth's terrified idealization of the opposite sex, and a grown man's guilt about never fully outgrowing either one."

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