Edgar biography eventful reading, though refurbishing it to shift the focus from most of the adult biographies. This is good reading, though basically the style marred by lush over-writing. A the irritating characteristics, the dark shadow, weaknesses un all given fair place. A checkered career, punctuated with what might have genius ordinarily in tragic inability to come with responsibilities, with financial matters. Orphaned early, he was adopted All? of Richmond, and brought up to luxurious tastes and habits; then thrust the University of Virginia with Inadequate funds, and thrust out again when gam debts and tradesmen's debts caught up with him. The army -- West Point- both , unhappy periods. Relative happiness ultimately in Philadelphia, in an editorial . Sketchily, its relations with friends and the women he loved -- and his marriage to a child wife. Throughout the story of his life, the determination to write overrode all else. There is less than one might wish in the way of critical appraisal of his work, but enough is quoted to give an impetus to further reading.