Proceeding with the book's first name approach, ""Edgar's"" every romantic sigh and introspective whimper is given without sources named. This is most unfortunate in view of the really excellent job the author has done on Poe's literary output. The poems are searched for internal evidence relating to known events in his life; his coruscating reviews and their effect on his career as well as the literary community of the day are reproduced and discussed at length; the prose pieces from news articles to short stories are examined in the kind of literary terms and analysis being stressed at the high school level. Hervey Allen's Israfel: Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe is still a far than better book in spite of its time in print. While the author has not skipped any years of Poe's life, he has included too much un-""Edgar"" like chatter for dialogue and a certain number of inessential events (party flirtations, probable scenes witnessed) to have this considered a totally worthwhile biography.