Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living Audiobook, by Paul Collins Play Audiobook Sample

Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living Audiobook

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Read By: Grover Gardner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781480585270

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22:18 minutes

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15:57 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

18:48 minutes

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Looming large in the popular imagination as a serious poet and lively drunk who died in penury, Edgar Allan Poe was also the most celebrated and notorious writer of his day. He died broke and alone at the age of forty, but not before he had written some of the greatest works in the English language, from the chilling “The Tell-Tale Heart” to “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”—the first modern detective story—to the iconic poem “The Raven.”

Poe’s life was one of unremitting hardship. His father abandoned the family, and his mother died when he was three. Poe was thrown out of West Point, and married his beloved thirteen-year-old cousin, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-four. He was so poor that he burned furniture to stay warm. He was a scourge to other poets, but more so to himself.

In the hands of Paul Collins, one of our liveliest historians, this mysteriously conflicted figure emerges as a genius both driven and undone by his artistic ambitions. Collins illuminates Poe’s huge successes and greatest flop (a 143-page prose poem titled Eureka), and even tracks down what may be Poe’s first published fiction, long hidden under an enigmatic byline. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, Edgar Allan Poe is a spellbinding story about the man once hailed as “the Shakespeare of America.”

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“Less a work of literary criticism and more of an analysis of the writer himself, this audiobook adds more layers to Poe’s mysterious life…Grover Gardner’s deep, resonant voice pairs well with the story of this dark, enigmatic writer. Gardner reads deliberately and paces himself well. He also pronounces every word clearly and does a fine job with the non-English names and terms.”

— AudioFile 


  • “The clean, crisp narrative presents the puzzling Poe as a deeply troubled and toweringly talented artist.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “The clean, crisp narrative presents the puzzling Poe as a deeply troubled and toweringly talented artist.

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • An elegantly nuanced portrait of an intensely complex man.

    — The Los Angeles Review of Books


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Biographies and Memoirs

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About Paul Collins

Paul Collins is an author specializing in science writing, magazine writing, history, and memoir; his books have appeared in a dozen languages. He is the recipient of an Oregon Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and teaches in the Creative Writing program at Portland State University.

About Grover Gardner

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.