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Coffee with Poe [Paperback]

Andrew Barger
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Nov. 3 2003
Coffee with Poe, award-winning finalist (historical biography category) of the USA Book News "Best Book Awards", is a historical novel detailing Edgar Allan Poe’s life. The book is filled with actual letters to his three fiancées, his literary contemporaries (Longfellow, Irving, and Hawthorne), and his bitter enemies. The characters are brought to life by interactive dialogue that may have taken place given what history teaches us. Read about the life of America's most haunting and mysterious author today and see Edgar Allan Poe brought to life like never before! “To give us a historical fiction look at Edgar Allan Poe is great. The start where we are at his mom's funeral gives a little insight into why he may write the way he does. It is very interesting the ideas the author has put into the story about Poe. I like the idea of detailing the life of Edgar Allan Poe into a historical fiction novel. . . . A great idea to give us some insight into why Poe may be the way he is.” Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Expert Reviewer

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Frances Allan once again surveyed the folded page of the Richmond Enquirer: Died-On Sunday last, Mrs. Poe, one of the actresses of the company at present playing on the Richmond Boards. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Account of Poe's Life Feb. 7 2004
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Coffee with Poe combines actual Poe letters to weave the tale of his life. The gothic writter was as much a master of letters as he was poetry or short stories. Who knew he loved so many women or that he married his 13 year-old first cousin? Poe's interaction with other literary figures of the day such as Dickens and Hawthorne is also interesting. From cradle to grave this is the tragic account of 'America's first poet' and it should not be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Look at Poe's Life in a Fascinating Way Feb. 7 2004
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Coffee with Poe combines actual Poe letters to weave the tale of his life. The gothic writter was as much a master of letters as he was poetry or short stories. Who knew he loved so many women or that he married his 13 year-old first cousin? Poe's interaction with other literary figures of the day such as Dickens and Hawthorne is also interesting. From cradle to grave this is the tragic account of 'America's first poet' and it should not be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edgar Allan Poe: An Amazing and Tragic Life Dec 13 2003
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Coffee with Poe is the story of Poe's life and although it is a novel, seamlessly includes many actual letters from his many romances and literary figures of the time. I especially liked the chapter where Poe meets Dickens. Anyone wanting a great read or anyone with interest in Poe will be interested in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re: Coffee with Poe Dec 10 2013
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Barger is a great craftsman and wordsmith weaving a great adventure in the life of Poe from actual documents and letters. We have letters from 3 women who loved Poe and they breathe more life into this stimulating tome.
I would recommend this to lovers of American writers and poets.
Here we see Poe made human, hauntingly so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Look at Poe's Life in a Fascinating Way Feb. 7 2004
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Format:Paperback
Coffee with Poe combines actual Poe letters to weave the tale of his life. The gothic writter was as much a master of letters as he was poetry or short stories. Who knew he loved so many women or that he married his 13 year-old first cousin? Poe's interaction with other literary figures of the day such as Dickens and Hawthorne is also interesting. From cradle to grave this is the tragic account of 'America's first poet' and it should not be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read! July 24 2007
By Dark Romantic - Published on Amazon.com
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Certainly not a new concept of combining fact and fiction, this really is an enjoyable, quick read on Edgar Allan Poe. Barger has some interesting theories on Poe's mysterious life and writes in a very engaging style that keeps you reading. I admire how clear the author is in showing what text comes from Poe's actual letters and where he has filled in the gaps with fiction. Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edgar Allan Poe: An Amazing and Tragic Life Dec 13 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Coffee with Poe is the story of Poe's life and although it is a novel, seamlessly includes many actual letters from his many romances and literary figures of the time. I especially liked the chapter where Poe meets Dickens. Anyone wanting a great read or anyone with interest in Poe will be interested in this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Still struggling through it... Dec 23 2008
By Amy C. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
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This book sounded so intriguing when I read the summary. I appreciate the research done on Poe's life, but I feel more research could have been done on the customs and practices of the specific time period. There a quite a few historical inaccuracies sprinkled throughout the book. They are minor for the most part and not pivotal to the "plot", but they still bothered me. A few other minor details rankled me a bit. The author, in Poe's voice, refers to Virginia's metronome as a "piano timer." I hardly think Poe would not have known the proper name for the device.
I am still working my way through the book. I have, for the most part, skipped over the included letters to and from Poe. I'm not sure why most of them were included since the author summarizes them before incorporating them completely.
I am going to try to finish the book, making sure to break at regular intervals to minimize the hair-pulling. If you just want to read about Poe in his own voice, have at this one. However, if you're looking for historical fiction, skip it and read Schecter.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book about Edgar Allen Poe Aug. 4 2014
By Billie - Published on Amazon.com
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We met the author, Andrew Bargar, on a plane from Atlanta to Sarasota, Florida. I had always had an interest in Edgar Allen Poe, and this book helped me to better understand EAP's life and times. The author used letters from EAP's lifetime to frame the story. Very readable and informative for anyone who is interested in American authors from that time period.
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