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Coffee with Poe, award-winning finalist (historical biography category) of the USA Book News "Best Book Awards", is a historical novel detailing Edgar Allan Poe's life. The book is filled with actual letters to his three fiance's, his literary contemporaries (Longfellow, Irving, and Hawthorne), and his bitter enemies. The characters are brought to life by interactive dialoCoffee with Poe, award-winning finalist (historical biography category) of the USA Book News "Best Book Awards", is a historical novel detailing Edgar Allan Poe's life. The book is filled with actual letters to his three fiance's, his literary contemporaries (Longfellow, Irving, and Hawthorne), and his bitter enemies. The characters are brought to life by interactive dialogue that may have taken place given what history teaches us. Read about the life of America's most haunting and mysterious author today and see Edgar Allan Poe brought to life like never before! - Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Expert Reviewer...

Title : Coffee With Poe
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ISBN : 9781589611047
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Coffee With Poe Reviews

  • Rick F.
    2019-04-17 14:42

    Superb novel!This novel is so very well written- one truly feels a part of the world created by master story-teller Andrew Barger- The actual letters from legendary writers, Hawthorne, Irving ect., coupled with sparkling prose make this a must read for all!!A JAMES MASON COMMUNITYBOOK CLUB MUST READ

  • David Eppenstein
    2019-04-22 10:55

    I have read many good biographies all of which were written by historians or related scholars and generally written for that same audience. Generally, biographies and histories are not written with the average member of the reading public in mind and that's a terrible shame. Maybe if these authors altered their perspective a bit then maybe more people would have a better sense of history. Now I've read "Coffee With Poe" and it is unlike any biography I have ever read. It was actually entertaining as well as being informative. While this book is technically historical fiction I suspect the history is fairly accurate. Because of a few very minor but glaring historical errors I can't fully endorse the author's historical accuracy but I do believe as regards Poe he was true to his subject. What made this so good was that it was written more as an autobiography. Poe himself is the narrator of his story which, of course, makes this a work of fiction along with obviously invented dialogues with the major characters in Poe's life. I have to admit not know anymore about Poe than I learned in high school and after reading this book I am inspired to learn more. Can an author ask for a better endorsement?

  • Melissa
    2019-03-30 17:36

    While I have been a Poe fan for many years, I only know the basics about his life. Coffee with Poe was an enjoyable way to learn more about Poe without having to hit the stuffy history books. I found myself fact-checking the author, Andrew Barger, when details popped up that I found hard to believe. I found most of the events portrayed in the book to be accurate or at least based on established theories. However, as much as I want to believe Poe was a fan of coffee I have not seen much to back it up in online sources (I would love if someone proved me wrong on this!). Obviously there are many parts of the poet’s life that remain a mystery, including his death. Barger does a good job of incorporating some more respected theories into the story.A few of Poe’s letters and poetry are interspersed through the text. The added context of the when and why he was writing these letters made these additions more enjoyable than they would be on their own. After reading Coffee with Poe I'm not sure if I would have liked Poe had I known him in person. In multiple letters to John Allan he both rails against him and then begs him for money, which is ironic and a bit childish. The author downplays Poe’s drinking, perhaps how Poe would have done in real life but does discuss Poe’s low tolerance of alcohol. Poe’s financial struggles, his romantic relationships, and the quarrels with his many detractors were also well illustrated in this work.Why I didn’t give it five starsThere were some typos and editing oversights, especially towards the end of the book. Some of the dialogue, especially in the first few chapters, was not realistic and even a bit cringe-worthy at times. I almost didn’t make it past the first few chapters due to this, but I am glad I did as the book picked up once it got to Poe’s adult life. There were a few anachronisms, for instance a character ordering a Caesar salad while out to lunch with Poe. I don't think these were a thing at that time?! However these flaws are forgivable in the overall scheme of this book. A large amount of research obviously went into this work and these are just minor quibbles. I would recommend this to any fan of Edgar Allan Poe who wants to know more about the tragic but fascinating life of this author.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-18 16:31

    I have always been interested in Poe so I really looked forward to this. Within the first few pages you truly understand why he wrote in the manner he did. Virtually from birth he faced sadness, death and disappointment in his life. He took all of that pain and turned it into his works of art. The letters to his lives and fellow writers allow you to see him in a different level and sympathize with him. The only parts I did not enjoy were his letters to Helen. While I understand their purpose, they were long winded and almost painful to read. Overall, I loved the book

  • Sami Olive
    2019-04-12 09:56

    It may be that I read this as an e-book instead of purchasing a physical copy, but I think that this book could have been much-improved with the work of an editor. While the story was enjoyable enough, I could not help but spot the grammatical errors that shone like stars throughout the piece. Too, since the story was being told through the perspective of Poe himself, I found it odd that Barger continued to add the omissions, illegible words, and other elements of Poe's letters that were not placed until the letters were released in print much, much later. Finally, although this is just my taste, I found some parts of the story far too dramatic. While they did aid in making the tale more interesting, they did nothing to aid in its realism. In all, this book and its historical elements make it a pleasurable read, but the abundant grammatical errors and turned-up drama detract from the story as a whole.

  • Marie
    2019-04-09 16:49

    Mr Barger had an interesting concept; to write a book about Poe written around letters that he wrote and received. It read like a story rather than a biography so it was entertaining for me to learn about Poe and the other people who were in his life. It was sad to find out that there were "Good Ole Boys" clicks even then in the literary world who did everything they could to keep Poe from succeeding...because he was poor, because he was outspoken, because he was brilliant. I'm sure Poe could be cocky and brutally honest, but he didn't deserve what he got.

  • Emily Capeles
    2019-03-24 14:52

    I have to say that this goodreads giveaway was very well written. Coffee With Poe is not the type of book that I would normally choose to read as the story of Poe is not one that interests me. I had a hard time getting into the book as the subject matter was not interesting to me. Even though the book not an enjoyable read for me, anyone who is interested in the life of Edgar Allan Poe will love this book. It was well written and seemed to be well researched. This will be a good read for all Poe lovers.

  • Cristy
    2019-04-20 10:47

    “endless toil and endeavor”The curious and tragic life of the seemingly infamous, but greatly misunderstood Edgar Allan Poe, makes for an immensely interesting read with Bargar’s skillful mix of fact and fictional speculation. I’d recommend COFFEE WITH POE to any fan of the talented dark poet; if for nothing else than to checkout emotionally charged, passionate and often overly dramatic collection of letters written by “The Raven” himself.

  • Boyd
    2019-04-12 17:38

    A fun read for anyone interested in Poe. It reads as a novel, but also a biography, from his childhood, to his death, as well as his friends, enemies, and many love interests. You will not be able to put it down.

  • Jessica Arce
    2019-04-23 16:58

    I loved reading this. I couldn't put it down. It was very different and it was really cool to read more about Edgar Allan Poe.

  • Beth Yeary
    2019-03-28 10:35

    I didn't realize what a depressing life Poe led. No wonder he wrote such dark stories.

  • Mike Kitter
    2019-04-14 15:35

    What makes this book interesting is how the author used letters both to and from Poe to help paint an accurate picture of his life. While I cannot claim to have read every single book out there about Poe, I think this book offers a little something to new fans of Poe as well as those who consider themselves well-versed in the life of Poe. What makes this book unique is the actual portrayal of Poe as a human being. I've read countless books that focus more on the darker side of the life of Poe which turn him into no more than a freak show. Andrew Barger did a superb job. I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Erin Evenchick
    2019-03-23 11:00

    Received as a Goodreads Giveaway.I'm of mixed minds on this book. On the one hand, it is quite enjoyable, and has some great gossipy bits about Poe's life. On the other, some details were left out, leaving some passages a bit confusing.Overall though, I did enjoy this book...the perfect one to start on Halloween!

  • Julia Hunter
    2019-04-21 17:38

    I never was a fan of Poe and this book did little to change that. While he had a rough childhood he blamed all of the things that went wrong in life on others and never took responsibility. I only made it half way through.

  • Deb
    2019-04-18 11:50

    Mediocre historical novel rendered somewhat palpable by interspersing some of Poe's actual correspondence into the storyline. Even so.....not worth it.