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Edgar Allan Poe: The Ambiguity of Death

Contributors: 9781925271959_coverGiuseppe Cafiero (author), Peter Christie (translator), Sergio Poddighe (illustrator), Joe Farinacci (narrator for audio edition)
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-925271-92-8
Print ISBN: 978-1-925271-95-9

About the book
Giuseppe Cafiero presents the most intriguing biography of one of America's most enduring writers: poet, author and critic Edgar Allan Poe. The beloved master of mystery and the macabre, Poe’s life and work is explored through the creation of memories, recriminations, intense loves and of delicate devotions.

Using the form of literary nonfiction, Cafiero successfully structures this memoir in the style of a traditional fiction narrative. Introducing the reader to the character, The Reporter, whose story is a mirror in which it’s possible to contemplate what is unreasonably hidden and infinitely ambiguous in the existence and in the writing of Edgar Allan Poe.

After Poe’s infamous death, the reporter attempts to investigate the life and writing of Poe by attending a meeting at the Old Swan Tavern in Richmond. Invited to the interview is archrival Reverend Rufus Wilmot Griswold and one of the last to see Poe before his death, Dr J. Evans Snodgrass. The reporter not only discovers the accusations of life filled with alcoholism, opium addiction, violence and womanising but also begins to understand that this painful dark existence is not the antithesis to great writing. This is confirmed when the investigation continues with the meeting of an array of people by the reporter who divulge more information on the life of Poe and why many became the protagonists in his stories.

This surreal bio-fiction of the life of nineteenth century American writer, father of detective fiction, Edgar Allan Poe, brings to life a solidly constructed psychological portrait of the writer through the characters in his works. Each of the stories is accompanied by the gloriously gothic Illustrations by acclaimed Italian artist Sergio Poddighe.

Perhaps this is the only way to pay tribute to a writer who has indelibly marked the nineteenth century.

About the Project
This book started out as an ebook-only project. Using client supplied illustrations for inspiration, we used our Ebook Designer's Touch (TM) to bring the manuscript to life. We began the ebook conversion with the illustrations and cover supplied by the illustrator. Part-way through the ebook project, Giuseppe decided to branch out and take on our print design service to create a print-on-demand version of Edgar Allan Poe. Here the print project diverged a little from the ebook project. The front cover was altered slightly to reach the right specifications, and the interior, while quite similar to the ebook, uses slightly different fonts and image placement to appear best in print. Giuseppe also took on our Marketing Stage 1 Package, as well as getting some professional reviews completed for his book. During the marketing, Giuseppe's blurb was optimised and edited to shine on booksellers. We also completed a number of advertisement designs, including a full-page colour ad for Good Reading Magazine.

A few months after the print and ebook were published, Giuseppe decided to turn his book into an audiobook. We worked with a narrator to create an audio version of his book and a customised cover for the audio edition. The audiobook went through a thorough listening phase where we checked it for any mispronunciations or mistakes. When everything was completed we distributed it through Audible and iTunes. See the links above to download a sample.

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Original Prologue

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