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America's most famous poet lives again within the pages of John Isaac Jones's new biographical novel. His early orphan years, his tumultuous relationship with his foster father, his scandalous affairs, his glory days as a literary scion and finally his death at the age of forty in a barroom brawl.
"Beautiful book! Well-written! Compelling!
I originally purchased this book out of curiosity. I remember reading Poe’s poems and short stories as a young man and how much I enjoyed them. After substantial research on the best biographies based on Poe’s life and work, I was more than convinced that this was the one I wanted. And it didn't disappoint!
A Quiet Madness is a novel-like biography of Edgar Allan Poe intertwined with historical accounts and facts about his life. It is written in such a way you can’t put the book down. I felt like I lived inside Poe’s head; like I really got to know his person, simultaneously watching his struggles as a writer and dealing with the frustrations of his day-to-day life. It's set during the early 1800s in America and Poe was a central figure during those interesting, turbulent times. The book is filled with information. So far, it is the most substantial book on Poe I have ever read."
"An entertaining, compelling recreation of Poe’s life!
Very good informative book about the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. Jones provides a lively presentation of Poe’s early life, his formative years, his early training as a poet, his affairs, his soldiering days and his scandalous marriage to his first cousin one day after her thirteenth birthday. The hallmark of the book is that Jones provides reasons and explanations for who Poe was as both a human being and an artist. Well-worth the read! Highly recommend!"