A novelist turns biographer and discusses Poe, the eccentric genius and his influence on the world of literature. He considers that Poe virtually launched a sect or cult of decadence, which culminated in Oscar Wilde. He interprets him as a literary anachronism and oddity who made a great contribution to American -- and world -- letters. Of his life, he touches upon the known facts and recognizes the intangibility of many aspects of it. Interesting enough, but not particularly significant.