[Very Quick] Recommended Reading: “Negative Emotions” by Lydia Davis
A young Apollo, golden-haired,
Stands dreaming on the verge of strife,
For the long littleness of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson called him “the jingle-man.” Henry James called his work “decidedly primitive.” Yet Edgar Allan Poe, nearly two centuries after his death, is now acclaimed as a writer on par with his best contemporaries. How did his reputation evolve? In the Times Literary Supplement, Marjorie Perloff reviews a new study of Poe by Jerome McGann.