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Author Tresch, John, 1972- author.

Title The reason for the darkness of the night : Edgar Allan Poe and the forging of American science / John Tresch.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  818 Poe,E TRE    DUE 05-13-22
 GDL Chevy Chase Library Non-Fiction    818 Poe,E TRE    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
1 copy being processed for GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description 434 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I: From Allan to Poe -- The Young Astronomer -- In Jefferson's Experiment -- Exile, Artificer, Cadet -- Part II: Setting Sail -- A Baltimore Apprenticeship -- Richmond: The Palpable Obscure -- Delirious Design -- Part III: Philadelphia -- The Athens of America -- Methods Grotesque and Arabesque -- Dizzy Heights -- The Tide Turns -- The March of Science and Quacks -- Part IV: New York City -- The Market for Novelty -- A Man of Wonders -- The Imp of the Perverse -- Part V: To the Plutonian Shore -- A Spectacle for Angels -- The Plots of God -- Falling Star -- Conclusion: From a Lighthouse.
Summary Tresch reveals Poe's obsession with science and lifelong ambition to advance and question human knowledge. Even as he composed dazzling works of fiction, he remained an avid and often combative commentator on new discoveries, publishing and hustling in literary scenes that also hosted the era's most prominent scientists, semi-scientists, and pseudo-intellectual rogues. In showing that Poe lived, thought, and suffered surrounded by science, Tresch shows that many of his most renowned and imaginative works can best be understood in its company. -- adapted from jacket
Subject Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849.
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Knowledge and learning.
Science -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Title Edgar Allan Poe and the forging of American science
ISBN 9780374247850 hardcover
0374247854 hardcover
Standard No. 40030626080

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