Poe Resources

 This collection of resources about Edgar Allan Poe was compiled by NH Center for the Book intern Taylor Colegrove in 2011. It was updated in 2012 by Mary Russell.



  • Anderson, Madelyn Klein. Edgar Allan Poe: a Mystery. New York: F. Watts, c1993.
  • Ackroyd, Peter. Poe: a Life Cut Short. New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2008.
  • Jackson, David K., and Thomas, Dwight. The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe. Boston: GK. Hall, 1987.
  • Pamela K. Kinney’s article at Innsmouth Free Press provides an excellent introduction to Poe. It also dispels many myths about his life while at the same time trying to explain how they arose.
  • LeVert, Suzanne. Edgar Allen Poe. New York: Chelsea House, c1992. (This is written for a YA audience.)
  • Meltzer, Milton. Edgar Allan Poe: a Biography. Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, c2003. 
    Millions of students have read, recited, and often memorized the opening line from Edgar Allan Poe's dark poem, The Raven. But Poe is remembered not only for his poetry. He also wrote about seventy short stories and was the creator of two literary forms that readers everywhere enjoy -- the detective story and the horror thriller. Poe's life was short, and painful. He struggled with alcohol, poverty, personal tragedy, and professional failure, yet is remembered as one of America's literary giants. Milton Meltzer explores that conundrum as he examines who Poe was, what he sprang from, why and how he wrote, the troubled life he led as one of the first American writers to try to make a living solely by their pen, and why his appeal is so enduring. (from book jacket).
  • Quinn, Arthur Hobson. Edgar Allan Poe, a Critical Biography. New York: Cooper Square, 1969.
  • Silverman, Kenneth. Edgar A. Poe: A Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance. NY: HarperCollins, 1991. 

Study Guides

Odds and Ends

  • Hayes, Kevin J. Poe and the Printed Word. NY: Cambridge Press, 2000.
  • Jackson, Christine A. The Tell-tale Art : Poe in Modern Popular Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2012. 
  • Whitman, Sarah Helen. Edgar Poe and His Critics. New York: Rudd and Carleton, 1860.
    A defense of Poe in response to the Reverend Rufus Wilmot Griswold’s slanderous obituary and first memoir of the author (both of which can also be found on the website). Whitman was engaged to Poe in 1848 and knew him personally. Though the marriage was called off due to Poe’s inability to curb his alcoholism, Whitman remained his friend. (Summary by Taylor Colegrove)