Books: Psychic Impotence


One of the most miserable and mystifying celebrities in all literary history is now subjected to the probes of advanced psychology. His life and works are considered, as never so thoroughly before, in an inextricable interrelation. The finding, less surprising for its nature than its seemingly complete demonstrability, is this: Edgar Allan Poe's whole life "was a struggle, conducted with all the cunning of the unconscious, against a realization of the psychic impotence of his sexual nature."

Poe's childhood is a crystal ball wherein the seer discovers an im- placable inferiority feeling fastened...

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