Are you a fan of science fiction? Do you like detective stories? How about good, old fashioned horror stories? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you should read this biography of Edgar Allan Poe because he was the originator of those genres. In his short 40 years of life, Poe wrote short stories and poetry that are still popular today, 160 years after his mysterious death. His life was full of sadness, poverty, and alcohol. It sounds bleak, but his contributions to literature have had tremendous influence on writers, artists, and filmmakers.
Lange gives straightforward descriptions of Poe and his life choices and includes many photographs of the writer and other significant people and places that played a part in his life.
A good read for boys and girls, 10 and older.