Home Books Critical Companion to Edgar Allan Poe

Critical Companion to Edgar Allan Poe
  • Authored by: Dawn B. Sova
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816064083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6408-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 09/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 818.309
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 466


Praise for the previous edition:
2002 Edgar Allan Poe Award, "Best Critical/Biographical Work" category


"The full breadth and depth of Poe's work is illuminated in this title...Invaluable for research projects and papers."—School Library Journal

Edgar Allan Poe is one of America's best-loved authors. During Poe's short and turbulent life, he invented the modern detective story and horror genre with such immortal works as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." He is also known for the haunting melody of his poetry, as in the classics "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," and many more. In addition, Poe wrote numerous critical articles, reviews, and essays on a variety of subjects.

Critical Companion to Edgar Allan Poe covers all of the writer's major and most minor works. The entries also provide a wealth of information on his personal life, including relationships with friends, relatives, and associates. This updated and reorganized edition of the award-winning Edgar Allan Poe A to Z contains extensive new material, including new critical commentary on Poe's major poems and stories.

Coverage includes:

  • A thorough biography of Poe
  • Synopses and critical assessments of all Poe's major works, including poems, stories, and critical essays
  • Descriptions of Poe's fictional characters, from C. Auguste Dupin to Montresor
  • Discussions of Poe's influence on Baudelaire and other French poets
  • Entries on places that influenced Poe, from Baltimore to New York City
  • Appendixes, including a chronology, bibliography, and a list of major Poe research collections.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Dawn B. Sova is an adjunct professor of English at Montclair State University. She has taught creative writing courses at the college level and currently serves as a mentor for courses in American cinema, news writing, and children's literature at Thomas Edison State College. Her previous works for Facts On File include Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds, Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds, Forbidden Films, Banned Plays, and Agatha Christie A to Z.

Reviews and Awards

"...superior organization and enhanced information...The writing is objective and clear...will be helpful to report writers...libraries...will want to add this volume to their collections, and those that have the previous edition will want to replace it."
School Library Journal

"...easy to use...an ideal reference work for both scholars and newcomers to Poe’s works."
American Reference Books Annual

"...more detailed and valuable...a comprehensive reference tool...a must-have replacement for the original...Recommended."
Library Media Connection


"This revision not only features a new format but also provides more content, especially in the fiction section...serves as a good starting point for further research."
Library Journal

Title List Price Format Status Add to Wish List Add to Cart

Standing Order Plan

A Standing Order Plan saves you both time and money without risking a penny of your acquisitions budget. The number of copies you indicate of each new title under the plan you select will automatically as the new edition becomes available. If, for any reason, you wish to cancel your subscription to the plan, please contact our Customer Service Department.

Standing Order Plan available for The World Almanac® for Kids:
Plan WK1 Single-title hardcover edition at 20% discount

You can use this order form (pdf) to sign up for any of our Standing Order Plans, or you can contact our Customer Service Department:

Email: custserv@factsonfile.com
Phone Number (toll-free): 1-800-322-8755
Fax Number (toll-free): 1-800-678-3633

FREE Learning Resources