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Feb 26, 2008
| ISBN 9781908968661
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Feb 26, 2008 | ISBN 9781908968661
Pushkin Press presents the first mainstream edition of The Journal of Julius Rodman by Edgar Allen Poe, illustrated with photographs by Edward S. Curtis. The Journal of Julius Rodman is a fictionalised account of the first travels across the Western Wilderness, over the barrier of the Rocky Mountains. This extraordinary journal details events of the most surprising nature, and recounts the unparalleled vicissitudes and adventures experienced by a handful of men in a country which, until then, had never been explored by ‘civilised man’. The first six installments of this novel were published in the Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine in 1839-40, when the author was a contributing editor of the journal. When Poe left his job in June 1840, he refused to continue the novel. Extracts of Poe’s work infamously appeared in 1839 Congress papers citing his account of the first passage across the Rockies by ‘civilised man’ as authentic. Proving to be one of Poe’s more elaborate hoaxes, this reaction illuminates the extent to which his literary realism and acute attention to detail strikes a convincing background to the hero’s travels.
“It’s because I liked Edgar Allan Poe’s stories so much that I began to make suspense films.” – Alfred Hitchcock“Poe constantly and inevitably produced magic where his greatest contemporaries produced only beauty … There is really nothing to be said about it: we others simply take off our hats and let Mr Poe go first.” – George Bernard Shaw“Poe was undoubtedly a genius.” – Jorge Luis Borges“Poe is the prince of American literature.” – Victor Hugo
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