College of Liberal Arts

Department of English


Kenneth Alan Hovey
"'These Many Pieces Are Yet One Book':
The Book-Unity of Poe's Tale Collections"

What this examination shows is that, after an earlier plan now lost, Poe developed an oral and social collection of tales modeled on but modifying those of Moore and Irving. Giving up on this plan, Poe published a more individual and visual collection arranged like a gallery of artworks, but avoiding the extremes found in the rooms of his fictional visionary and sleeper. He placed comic beside serious tales and kept similar tales markedly different in some way as well as widely separated, while he also gave an implied beginning and end to the tour through his gallery and marked the break between volumes with implicit direction signs. Expanding this design in his last plan, Poe shaped the tour into a circle, beginning and ending with his most powerful work and matching in design the cycle of the universe in time that he would explain in Eureka.









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