Sep 03, David Eppenstein rated it really liked it Shelves: I have read many good biographies all of which were written by historians or related scholars and generally written for that same audience. Generally, biographies and histories are not written with the average member of the reading public in mind and that's a terrible shame. Maybe if these authors altered their perspective a bit then maybe more people would have a better sense of history. It was actually entertainin I have read many good biographies all of which were written by historians or related scholars and generally written for that same audience.
It was actually entertaining as well as being informative. While this book is technically historical fiction I suspect the history is fairly accurate. Because of a few very minor but glaring historical errors I can't fully endorse the author's historical accuracy but I do believe as regards Poe he was true to his subject. What made this so good was that it was written more as an autobiography.
Poe himself is the narrator of his story which, of course, makes this a work of fiction along with obviously invented dialogues with the major characters in Poe's life. I have to admit not know anymore about Poe than I learned in high school and after reading this book I am inspired to learn more.
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Can an author ask for a better endorsement? Jun 20, Melissa rated it really liked it. While I have been a Poe fan for many years, I only know the basics about his life. Coffee with Poe was an enjoyable way to learn more about Poe without having to hit the stuffy history books. I found myself fact-checking the author, Andrew Barger, when details popped up that I found hard to believe. I found most of the events portrayed in the book to be accurate or at least based on established theories.
However, as much as I want to believe Poe was a fan of coffee I have not seen much to back i While I have been a Poe fan for many years, I only know the basics about his life. However, as much as I want to believe Poe was a fan of coffee I have not seen much to back it up in online sources I would love if someone proved me wrong on this!
Barger does a good job of incorporating some more respected theories into the story. The added context of the when and why he was writing these letters made these additions more enjoyable than they would be on their own. In multiple letters to John Allan he both rails against him and then begs him for money, which is ironic and a bit childish.
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Some of the dialogue, especially in the first few chapters, was not realistic and even a bit cringe-worthy at times. There were a few anachronisms, for instance a character ordering a Caesar salad while out to lunch with Poe. I don't think these were a thing at that time?! However these flaws are forgivable in the overall scheme of this book. A large amount of research obviously went into this work and these are just minor quibbles. I would recommend this to any fan of Edgar Allan Poe who wants to know more about the tragic but fascinating life of this author.
View all 7 comments. Jan 12, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: I have always been interested in Poe so I really looked forward to this. Within the first few pages you truly understand why he wrote in the manner he did. Virtually from birth he faced sadness, death and disappointment in his life.
He took all of that pain and turned it into his works of art. The letters to his lives and fellow writers allow you to see him in a different level and sympathize with him. The only parts I did not enjoy were his letters to Helen. While I understand their purpose, th I have always been interested in Poe so I really looked forward to this.
While I understand their purpose, they were long winded and almost painful to read. Overall, I loved the book Mar 17, Sami Olive rated it it was ok Shelves: It may be that I read this as an e-book instead of purchasing a physical copy, but I think that this book could have been much-improved with the work of an editor.
While the story was enjoyable enough, I could not help but spot the grammatical errors that shone like stars throughout the piece. Too, since the story was being told through the perspective of Poe himself, I found it odd that Barger continued to add the omissions, illegible words, and other elements of Poe's letters that were not pla It may be that I read this as an e-book instead of purchasing a physical copy, but I think that this book could have been much-improved with the work of an editor.
Too, since the story was being told through the perspective of Poe himself, I found it odd that Barger continued to add the omissions, illegible words, and other elements of Poe's letters that were not placed until the letters were released in print much, much later. Finally, although this is just my taste, I found some parts of the story far too dramatic. While they did aid in making the tale more interesting, they did nothing to aid in its realism. In all, this book and its historical elements make it a pleasurable read, but the abundant grammatical errors and turned-up drama detract from the story as a whole.
May 26, Marie rated it really liked it. Mr Barger had an interesting concept; to write a book about Poe written around letters that he wrote and received. It read like a story rather than a biography so it was entertaining for me to learn about Poe and the other people who were in his life. It was sad to find out that there were "Good Ole Boys" clicks even then in the literary world who did everything they could to keep Poe from succeeding I'm sure Poe could be Mr Barger had an interesting concept; to write a book about Poe written around letters that he wrote and received.
I'm sure Poe could be cocky and brutally honest, but he didn't deserve what he got. Apr 29, Emily Capeles rated it really liked it. I have to say that this goodreads giveaway was very well written. Coffee With Poe is not the type of book that I would normally choose to read as the story of Poe is not one that interests me.
I had a hard time getting into the book as the subject matter was not interesting to me. Even though the book not an enjoyable read for me, anyone who is interested in the life of Edgar Allan Poe will love this book. It was well written and seemed to be well researched. This will be a good read for all Poe I have to say that this goodreads giveaway was very well written. This will be a good read for all Poe lovers. Apr 28, Cristy rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 09, Boyd rated it it was amazing. A fun read for anyone interested in Poe.
It reads as a novel, but also a biography, from his childhood, to his death, as well as his friends, enemies, and many love interests. You will not be able to put it down. Mar 25, Jessica Arce rated it it was amazing. I loved reading this. I couldn't put it down. It was very different and it was really cool to read more about Edgar Allan Poe. Mar 25, Beth Yeary added it.
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