Books: Poor Soul

ISRAFEL Hervey Allen Farrar & Rinehart ($3.50).

EDGAR ALLAN POE Una Pope-Hennessy Macmillan ($4).

If a U. S. citizen were asked to name the greatest U. S. writer of the 19th Century, he would be apt to choose, according to his literary politics, Herman Melville, Mark Twain or Walt Whitman. But a European would probably name Edgar Allan Poe. Like Melville and Whitman, Poe was not recognized by the U. S. as a great writer until Europe had guaranteed his genius. Says Biographer Pope-Hennessy: "He has...

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