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Mark Canada, PhD, is Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Indiana University Kokomo. As a scholar of American literature and journalism, he has published five books, including Literature and Journalism in Antebellum America (2011), and Thomas Wolfe Remembered (2018). His numerous essays have appeared in The Southern Quarterly, Edgar Allan Poe in Context, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other outlets.
A 2008 recipient of the University of North Carolina’s prestigious Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, Professor Canada has taught numerous courses in the American novel, American literature before 1865, literature and journalism, biblical literature, writing, and the history and structure of the English language. Since 2015, he has been the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University Kokomo, where he oversees all academic operations.

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At long last! A great book on Poe

I've been looking for a good Edgar Allan Poe biography on Audible. I found one that was about three hours long--and that was okay. But this one is much much better. The lecturer, Mark Canada, clearly loves America's dark genius and that enthusiasm keeps the lectures lively and fast-moving. The first series of lectures give an overview of Poe's truly tragic life. An absentee dad, a dead mother and a prickly, disapproving "adopted" dad. His doomed and very young wife. And his die-hard enemy, Rufus Griswold, who took the occasion of Poe's early demise to begin a hatchet job on the author's reputation. So Canada, like other recent biographers, also questions whether Poe was the inveterate drunkard history has led us to believe. Many theories have been aired that could explain Poe's troubled personal life, his relationship to the bottle and his particularly dark genius. A good chunk of the book is devoted to Poe's creative works. Not all or even most of them--that would be a monumental task, even given Poe's short life--but familiar ones, like "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." And the lecturer nicely puts Poe and his work in a historical context, which reveals just how truly unique and influential his work was. If you're looking for another gripping Great Courses series in literature, I'd recommend Michael Shelden's "George Orwell: A Sage for All Seasons." That one really blew me away.

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Shallow analyses

I loved Poe, but this course did not add anything but a lot of platitudes. And I can not stand the bad actor’s reading from the tales. Sorry, but I stoped listening after the 7 lecture.

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