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Dismal Mountain Owen Allison returns to WV for a family emergency and his aunt claims to have murdered a man, but he believes she is covering for someone else. Cold Trail Sunny Childs must disguise herself to get into a ritzy woman's hunting club and uncover their deadly secrets. Death on the Downs Carole Seddon and her neighbor Jude investigate the case of a skeleton found and a missing girl whose identities don't match up.
The Smoke Jethro the cat burglar steals jewels from the Soviet embassy and comes to the attention of the British Secret Service, who have ambitious plans for him. Sweet Dreams Irene Reissue. Street Boys Abandoned children in Naples band together to resist the German army with aid of American corporal. Fleeced Two members of the Settler's Club have died and their diamonds have disappeared and Regan Reilly is called in to solve the case.
Jinxed Regan Reilly is hired to find a young star who vanished while filming in Santa Barbara. Miami Twilight Garret Doherty endangers his life by having an affair and getting involved with a Cuban gangster who wants him to promote a "playground" for millionaires. Dark Hollow Charlie "Bird" Parker returns to the small town he grew up in to escape his past but becomes embroiled in it when he is asked to help solve the murder of a mother and child.
The Killing Kind A mass grave is discovered in northern Maine revealing the grim truth about the disappearance of a cult and private detective Charlie Parker investigates. Shock New medical thriller based on the latest fertility technology. A Knife in the Back Sally Good goes on a date with a fellow faculty member at Hughs Community College, and when one of the college trustees is brutally murdered her date is the prime suspect. The Alpine Obituary Emma Lord investigates the death of a local octogenarian when his wife insists his death was a murder, discovers blackmail, arson; PBO.
A Body in the Bathhouse Roman P. Falco 13 investigates bodies and crime at home and at construction of palace in Britain. Ode to a Banker Marcus Didius Falco reads his work aloud and is approached by a banker about publication, who's then found murdered in the library. Addiction Forensic psychologist Peter Zak is helping his friend discover her daughter's problems when she ends up dead with the daughter holding the gun. The Master Executioner Oscar Stone is a master of the art of execution, when one day a piece of knowledge brings him to a moment of devastating truth.
The Cat Who Companion Revised and updated third edition of facts about the famous series by Lilian Jackson Braun. Killer Stuff Jane Wheel is an antiques picker, and she discovers the murdered body of her neighbor and becomes the prime suspect. The Forensic Casebook Illustrated reference to the science of crime scene investigation. A Traitor to Memory An internationally known violinist suddenly loses the ability to play, and it is connected to events in his past that he must uncover. The Apprentice The serial killer from The Surgeon returns with a chilling new disciple.
Shooting Dr. Jack Three friends who work in a shady junkyard business become involved in violence and seek redemption. Beyond Suspicion A client who has scammed lawyer Jack Swyteck turns up dead in his bathtub and Jack is the prime suspect and must find the real killer. Paradise Screwed Selected columns of Carl Hiaasen.
Dark Horse Elena Estes has lost her job in the narcotics division of Palm Beach County and has retreated to a rural retreat in the horse country of Florida, when a girl goes missing. The Dead of Midnight Members of the Mystery Au Lait book club are being murdered in imitation of the crimes in the books they read.
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Black House Series of gruesome murders occur in Wisconsin and retired Homicide detective Jack Sawyer assists, and is drawn through his dreams into a parallel universe. No Certain Rest Souvenir hunters on the Antietam battlefield find an unmarked grave and an archaeologist seeks its true identity. Gunsights Classic western reprint. Out of Sight The Townsand family sets out on their annual camping trip and find themselves in an deserted village where they make a terrifying discovery that puts their lives in danger.
Lost Winifred Rudge travels to London to research a book about a woman being haunted by Jack the Ripper and while there her cousin disappears leaving a ghost in his apartment. The Death of an Amiable Child Manhattan social worker Anita Servi stumbles over the body of an elderly homeless woman and investigates, uncovering shocking answers and a killer. Tucker Peak An overworked Vermont sheriff investigates a series of condo burglaries when the most likely suspect turns up missing and his girlfriend turns up dead.
The Nominee A newspaper publisher is murdered in the company parking lot and reporter Harry Cutter decides to investigate. Brothers of Cain In undercover agent Bronwyn Llyr attempts to free her brother from prison. Children of Cain A young girl must track down General McClellan and warn him of an impending attack by the Confederates. Thin Walls In Chicago, Smokey Dalton 3 is hired to investigate the brutal murders of three black men.
My Name is Red In 16th century Istanbul the Sultan has commissioned an illuminated book which must be kept secret and panic breaks out when one of the artists disappears; translated. Super Bolan Blood and Sand paramilitary adventure. The Executioner Armageddon Exit paramilitary advent. Funeral in Blue Victorian investigator William Monk 11 and his wife, Hester, investigate the murder of a personal friend whose husband is the prime suspect.
Chen Cao 2 assigned to escort U. Marshall and wife of trial witness to America, but woman vanishes. Listen to the Shadows Desire, innocence and evil meld in a tale of psychological suspense. First Billion When a business venture turns out to be a front for the Russian mob, chairman Jet Gallivan must uncover the conspiracy.
Harvest of Murder Garden show host Louise Eldridge's Thanksgiving plans are interrupted by a brutal murder in her own backyard. Bin Laden Authoritative biography of Bin Laden. The Mamo Murders novel set in Hawaii; female sleuths search for missing rancher; native people fear his relatives will sell the ranch to developers. The 13 Culprits First translation into English of collection picked by Ellery Queen as one of the best detective collections every published. Proof Positive Roland Troy receives a request from his former partner McKenzie Rockett to help solve one last homicide.
The No. Tears of the Giraffe Precious returns, searching for a man who disappeared in Africa many years ago. Warlock In the wake of a 60 year war over the reign of Egypt, two young pharaohs have risen to claim power, but only one can succeed. Island of Tears In , a newly arrived Dutch immigrant disappears and a writer for Harper's Weekly becomes obsessed with her safe return. The Mysterious Matter of I.
Fine When kids read the chilling books of I. Fine, bizarre and dangerous things occur and Franny and her friends are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery; young adult. Stine picks his favorite scary stories; young adult. Naked Came the Phoenix Serial novel featuring many of the best woman writers in the mystery genre. Death is Semisweet A man is found dead at the opening of the new chocolate factory and Heaven Lee 6 tackles the case.
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Right becomes sidetracked when she is accused of murder. No Other Option A rogue agent from Operation Dominance Rain is loose in the country and his former best friend must track him down. The Big Dig P. Carlotta Carlyle 9 goes undercover to investigate Boston highway project known as the Big Dig, ends up investigating a missing person as well.
Bayou Moon New York artist Mignon Thibeaux returns to Louisiana to investigate the disappearance of her mother 25 years ago. Jamaica Blue In Jamaica and Florida, rock reporter Mick Sever investigates a reggae band's involvement with the violent deaths of two young girls. Thread of the Spider An archaeological dig turns deadly when Nicolette Scott uncovers a car that was used by a pair of infamous bank robbers in the 40s.
The Devil's Hearth In the Georgia Appalachians, a folklorist finds a corpse on his front porch and someone is taking potshots at him from the woods. Castle Rouge A patient of a lunatic asylum who masquerades as Jack the Ripper has escaped and Irene Adler becomes involved. Black Powder, White Smoke Western; four men "are about to learn truth isn't always black and white". Dead Guy's Stuff Antique "picker" Jane Wheel 2 uncovers a gruesome memento of murder at a suburban Chicago estate sale.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch Kinky Friedman juggles two cases at once as he tries to find a missing boy and a missing cat. Killjoy FBI profiler Avery Delaney's beloved aunt Caroline has disappeared; mad but brilliant killer behind elaborate plot. A Personal Devil In medieval Oxford, Magdalene la Batarde helps a man accused of murdering his wife to supplant her with a whore. Bone of Contention One of William of Ypres' men is accused of murder and Magdalene la Batarde is called in to help solve the murder.
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Out of the Flames The history of Michael Servetus, burned at the stake as a heretic in , and his book and the three copies of it that survived through the years. Cities of Gold An archaeologist investigates the route of Coronado's expedition and his bosses want him to declare the route open to development, but he discovers it's historical importance.
The Inquisitor 14th century France; Inquisitor of Heretical Depravity, must investigate when his superior's body is discovered and he becomes a suspect. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home Reprint. King's Captain Lewrie is promoted but soon after mutiny rages through the fleet and the reappearance of an old enemy has him fighting for his life. Shutterbug Follies Graphic novel: Bee works at a photo lab and when pictures of a naked corpse are developed she decides to investigate.
Crime School Mallory 7 is on the case of a murdered prostitute who happens to be the woman who took her in and then betrayed her when she was a child. Lullaby Book with African "culling song" kills people; man must track and remove psychic infection while becoming involuntary serial killer. Shrink Rap Boston P. Sonny Randall 2 goes on the road to protect a bestselling author and uncovers a world of dark secrets.
Decipher In , the year the Mayan's predicted the end of the world, America and China stand on the brink of war over the secrets of Atlantis. East of the Arch A serial killer is preying on pregnant women in East St. Louis and Detective Joe Keough is enlisted to help with the investigation. Home Sweet Homicide Funny novel considered the author's best; three children "help" their widowed mystery-writer mother to solve a real-life murder and nab a handsome cop husband along the way.
Thy Father's Son In New York City, , a prizefighter who is also the son of a Mafia don must enter the life he has tried to avoid when his father is kidnapped. Shot Trying to find out the truth about her husband's death, Lucy Green stumbles on dangerous secrets about a government biological warfare program. Blood Four people's lives become intertwined during a year at Radcliffe College and the quartet is headed for a shocking and tragic end.
Warrior in the Shadows Ex-CIA, now forensic photographer's best friend and family are murdered in a gruesome fashion and cannibalized, and he swears to find the killer. Dakota Grand Young writer interviews a rap star who is not pleased with the result which leads to a tense and sometimes violent duel between the two; trade PBO. Riding a Tiger English teacher Arnold Fisher is arrested and detained in a Beijing police station and seeks to know who betrayed him.
Smuggler's Moon Blind magistrate Sir John Fielding investigates corruption and murder in a smuggler's haven. Plea Bargain Chicago defense attorney Darcy Cole 2 battles deception and legal system; disparate cases may be connected. The Thief Taker Henry Morton is paid to investigate crime as a part of Regency, London's Bow Street Runners and when a young man's body is found in the home of a lord he uncovers a scandal.
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The Neon Rain First Robicheaux; trade reprint. Collected Stories All of Chandler's short fiction in one volume. Airtight Case Forensic anthropologist Lindsay Chamberlain 5 is attacked and left for dead, loses memory; later, at excavation an exciting discovery may mean loss of her sanity or life. Isle of Dogs Judy Hammer, newly installed superintendent of the VA state police, faces a rebellion against new traffic laws on the island of Tangier 14 miles off the coast. Speaking in Tongues A prosecutor's daughter disappears and in a race against the clock her life depends on his oration skills.
The Man Who Fought Alone Mick Axbrewder is recovering from a gunshot wound working security for the martial arts industry, where someone has a secret they are willing to kill for. Blue Moon Bandleader's wife has been murdered; he encounters a mysterious woman who looks like her and may be involved in two murders. The Ten Thousand Historical epic about a feared army in ancient Greece.
Red Mafiya Non-fiction; the Russian mob's infiltration into American business, politics, finance and professional sports. Desiree Mitry. Doohickey After his store and home burn Nick Fashon becomes obsessed with an invention of his grandfather's which could cost him his life. Massacre Island Three college students arrive at a summer cottage on Dauphin Island, Alabama, and discover bodies there.
Seldom Disappointed Memoir of the creator of Leaphorn and Chee. Once a Thief Max Bannister discovers that a beautiful woman is a pawn in the hands of a criminal mastermind desperate to steal Bannister's priceless gems. The Poisoned Rose Mac MacManus witnesses a murder and gives chase to the killers, and months later is called in on a missing persons case that uncovers a secret leading back to that night; PBO. Flesh and Blood Alex Delaware investigates the murder of a former patient, which puts his relationship and his life in danger.
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He does not belong chronologically to the Georgian era; his position was, for the most part, one of comparative isolation — like that of Sackville, Wyatt or Collins, in the midst of an unpoetic generation, unsustained by the consolations of poetic association or the tender endearments of poetic sympathy. When Poe attained to the full consciousness of his great powers, none of these quickening influences existed, save as matters of history or poetic tradition. Tennyson, in England, was viewing nature in perspective, and involving his critics in webs as tangled and hopeless as that which enveloped the fated Lady of Shallot.
Wordsworth had abjured the teachings of his early manhood. The succession of sweet songsters is never entirely broken. The silver cord that binds in perennial union the spirit of Chaucer and the muse of Spenser is never severed, however slight and impalpable may be the filaments that bind it together. There are always some who retain the echoes of long-gone melodies, upon whom descends something of the inspiration of those grand epochs around which is concentrated so much of the glory of the English tongue. Such was in some essential respects the position that Poe occupies among American poets in the order of poetic succession.
It is known to students of our literary history that in all periods of our literature, from the time that our speech was reduced to comparative uniformity by the delicate discrimination and rare philological perception of Chaucer, there have existed two recognised schools of poets, the native and the classical. Our poetry may have lost pliancy, but it has gained in elaboration and in verbal minuteness. Genius and imagination are not subdued, but are regulated by the canons of art, and from this harmonious alliance arises the unsurpassed excellence of the poetry of Poe.
In the school of literary poets he must be ranked in that illustrious procession of bards which includes the names of Surrey, Shelley, Milton, Tennyson, Ben Jonson, Herrick, Cowley and Keats. Having assigned to Poe an honorable eminence in the goodly company of our literary poets, I proceed to speak of the originality, the creative power displayed in his poetry, as well as of his brilliant achievements in metrical composition. Specific points of resemblance may be seen between his poetry and that of his predecessors and contemporaries, but no general or well defined likeness.
There are individual traits that remind us of Marlowe, Greene, Byron, Shelley and Keats, but these are rather moral and mental coincidences than the impress or influence of mind upon mind. Few poets have displayed a more surpassing measure of creative power. Some of his maturer poems are almost without a precedent, in form as well as in spirit.
The raven has constituted a prominent character in English poetry for many years. The nearest approach to any distinctive feature of the Raven is to be found, I suspect, in the dramas of Shakspeare, those unfailing sources of intellectual nutriment. No poem in our language presents a more graceful grouping of metrical appliances and devices. There are few more impressive examples of graphic and presentative power than the memorable lines:.
But perhaps the especial glory of the Raven is the originality of its metrical combinations. In the novelty of his metrical forms Poe has surpassed almost every poet of our era except Tennyson, as is frankly acknowledged by the English reviewers and eulogists of the Poet-laureate. The invention of new metres is a task upon which few poets have ventured for centuries. From Surrey to Cowley was an era of transition and experiment. Under the ascendancy of the conventional school our poetry glided smoothly and mechanically along in the orthodox en-syllabled couplet, until Cowper broke through the consecrated forms of Dryden and Pope with a boldness and originality to which our literature had long been a stranger.
Few of the poets of the Lake school ventured into the enchanted ground of metrical experiment. They were ofttimes inclined to discard the restraints of verse, or at least to reader them subordinate to the spontaneous expression of the thought. With the advent of the new poetic school the increased attention to artistic elaboration, the expanding of our metrical forms became a question of serious import. I have often thought that a dlasertation upon poetry by a great poet would constitute an invaluable addition to the critical resources of our literature. But most illustrious masters have contented themselves with concrete examples, leaving the scholiasts and rhetoricians the irksome process of deducing theories of poetic diction from the models which they have presented.
Throughout all the processes of creation, a rhythmical movement is clearly discernible. Upon the conscious recognition of this principle are based all our conceptions of melody, all systems of intonation and inflection. In this dangerous sphere of poetic effort he attained a mastery over the properties of verse that the Troubadours might have aspired to imitate.
The Attic sculptor in the palmiest days of Athenian art, wrought out his loveliest conceptions by the painful processes of unflagging diligence. The angel was not evoked from the block by a sudden. By proceeding upon a system corresponding to the diatonic scale in music, the luxuriance of genius was regulated by the sober precepts and decorous graces of formal art.
No finer illustration of conscious art has been produced in our era than the Raven. In all the riper productions of our poet there is displayed the same consummate artistic taste. Indeed, much of the acrimony of his criticisms arose from his painful sensitiveness to artistic imperfection, and his enthusiastic worship of sensuous beauty. The Grecian cast of his genius lets to a pantheistic love of the beautiful embodied in palpable or material types. This striving after purely sensuous beauty has formed a distinctive characteristic of those poets who were most thoroughly imbued with the Grecian taste and spirit.
They have left their impress deep upon the texture of our poesy, and many of its most silvery symphonies owe their inspiration to this source. The quick sensibility, the ethereal temper of these natural artists have wonderfully enlivened the stolid character of our Anglo-Saxon ancestors; and much of the style and constructive power that have reigned in English poetry since the days of Walter Map, of Layamon, and Chaucer, may be justly attributed to the Celtic infusion into the Teutonic blood.
Conspicuous illustrations of its power may be discovered in Shakspeare, in Keats, in Byron and in Poe. I have thus endeavored to present to you the poetic and intellectual character of Poe as it has revealed itself to me from the diligent study of his works, and from many contrasts and coincidences which literary history naturally suggests.
I have endeavored to show the versatile character of his genius, the consummate as well as conscious art of his poetry, the graceful blending of the creative and the critical faculty, his want of deference to prototypes or models, the chaste and scholarly elegance of his diction, the Attic smoothness and the Celtic magic of his style. I shall ever remember the thrill of grateful appreciation with which I read the splendid eulogium upon the genius of Poe in the London Quarterly Review , in which he is ranked far above his contemporaries, and pronounced one of the most consummate artists of modern times, potentially the greatest critic of our era, and possessing perhaps the finest ear for rhythm that was ever formed.
You are doubtless familiar with the impression produced by the Raven upon the mind of Mrs. Nor is this lofty estimate of his powers confined to those lands in which the English language is the vernacular speech; it has extended into foreign climes, and aroused appreciative admiration where English literature is imperfectly known and slightly regarded. The impulse which led to its erection coincides in spirit and character with those grand movements which the zeal and enthusiasm of patriots and scholars in Great Britain and America have effected within the past ten years for the perpetuation of much that is noblest in the poesy of the English tongue.
At last we have the works of Geoffrey Chaucer restored to their original purity by the praiseworthy diligence of Furnival, Morris, and Bradshaw. At last we are to add to the golden treasures of our literature, genuine editions of Shakspeare, in which the growth of his genius and his art will be traced by the graceful scholarship and penetrating insight of Tennyson, Ingleby, Browning, Spedding and Simpson.
Ten years have accomplished what centuries failed to achieve in rescuing from strange and unpardonable indifference the masterpieces of our elder literature, the Sibylline leaves of our ancient poesy. This graceful marble, fit emblem of our poet, is the expression, unconscious and undesigned, but none the less effective, of sympathy with this grand intellectual movement of our era. Professor Shepherd was frequently interrupted with applause during the delivery of his eloquent address.
Latrobe, Esq. The inference from such an announcement would be that my acquaintance was such as to enable me to describe him as one friend or close acquaintance has it in his power to describe another. You may be surprised, then, when I say that I never saw Edgar Allan Poe but once, and that our interview did not last an hour. Those, therefore, who invited me to be present here to-day, gave to my assent a scope which was not justified by what I said, or to what it was in my power to do.
The opportunity is afforded, however, of narrating the circumstances that led to our brief interview, and of correcting misstatements in regard, as it turned out, to a not unimportant event of his life. In adding an account of what occurred when we met, I shall have excused myself for taking the liberty, under the circumstances, of appearing before you at all.
About the year there was a newspaper in Baltimore called The Saturday Visitor [[ Visiter ]] — an ephemeral publication, that aimed at amusing its readers with light literary productions rather than the news of the day. One of its efforts was to procure original tales, and to this end it offered on this occasion two prizes, one for the best story and the other for the best short poem — one hundred dollars for the first and fifty dollars for the last.
The judges appointed by the editor of the Visitor [[ Visiter ]] were the late John P. Kennedy, Dr. Miller now deceased , and myself, and accordingly we met, one pleasant afternoon, in the back parlor of my house, on Mulberry street, and seated round a table garnished with some old wine and some good cigars, commenced our critical labors. As I happened then to be the youngest of the three, I was required to open the packages of prose and poetry, respectively, and read the contents.
Alongside of me was a basket to hold what we might reject. It was ruthlessly criticised, however, for it was ridiculously bad — nambypamby in the extreme — full of sentiment and of the school known as the Laura Matilda school. The first page would have consigned it to the basket as our critical guillotine beheaded it. Gallantry, however, caused it to be read through, when in it went along with the envelope containing the name of the writer, which, of course, remained unknown.
The next piece I have no recollection of, except that a dozen lines consigned it to the basket. I remember that the third, perhaps the fourth, production was recognised as a translation from the French, with a terrific denouement. It was a poor translation too; for, falling into literal accuracy, the writer had, in many places, followed the French idioms. Of the remaining productions I have no recollection. Some were condemned after a few sentences had been read. Some were laid aside for reconsideration — not many.
These last failed to pass muster afterwards, and the committee had about made up their minds that there was nothing before there to which they would award a prize, when I noticed a small quarto-bound book that had until then accidentally escaped attention, possibly because so unlike, externally, the bundles of manuscript that it had to compete with. Opening it, an envelope with a motto corresponding with one in the book appeared, and we found that our prose examination was still incomplete. Instead of the common cursive manuscript, the writing was in Roman characters — an imitation of printing.
I remember that while reading the first page to myself, Mr. Kennedy and the Doctor had filled their glasses and lit their cigars, and when I said that we seemed at last to have a prospect of awarding the prize, they laughed as though they doubted it, and settled themselves in their comfortable chairs as I began to read.
I had not proceeded far before my colleagues became as much interested as myself. Logic and imagination were combined in rare consistency. Sometimes the writer created in his mind a world of his own and then described it — a world so weird, so strange —. And withal so fascinating, so wonderfully graphic, that it seemed for the moment to have all the truth of a reality. There was an analysis of complicated facts — an unravelling of circumstantial evidence that won the lawyer judges — an amount of accurate scientific knowledge that charmed their accomplished colleague — a pure classic diction that delighted all three.
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When the reading was completed there was a difficulty of choice. I cannot now recall the names of all the tales — there must have been six or eight — but all the circumstances of the selection ultimately made have been so often since referred to in conversation that my memory has been kept fresh, and I see my fellow judges over their wine and cigars, in their easy chairs — both genial, hearty men, in pleasant mood, as distinctly now as though I were describing an event of yesterday.
Having made the selection and awarded the one hundred dollar prize, not, as has been said, most unjustly and ill-naturedly, because the manuscript was legible, but because of the unquestionable genius and great originality of the writer, we were at liberty to open the envelope that identified him, and there we found in the note, whose motto corresponded with that of the little volume, the name, which I see you anticipate, of Edgar Allan Poe. The statement in Dr. Refreshed by this most unexpected change in the character of the contributions, the committee refilled their glasses and relit their cigars, and the reader began upon the poetry.
This, although better in the main than the prose, was bad enough, and, when we had gone more or less thoroughly over the pile of manuscript, two pieces only were deemed worthy of consideration. The title of the other I have forgotten, but, upon opening the accompanying envelope, we found that the author was Mr.
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I am not prepared to say that the committee may not have been biased in awarding the fifty dollar prize to Mr. Hewitt by the fact that they had already given the one hundred dollar prize to Mr. I recollect, however, that we agreed that, under the circumstances, the excellence of Mr. I believe that up to this time not one of the committee had ever seen Mr. Poe, and it is my impression that I was the only one that ever heard of him.
When his name was read I remembered that on one occasion Mr. Although Mr. His name, I am sure, was not at the time a familiar one. Of this interview, the only one I ever had with Mr. Poe, my recollection is very distinct indeed, and it requires but a small effort of imagination to place him before me now, as plainly almost as I see any one of my audience. He was, if anything, below the middle size, and yet could not be described as a small man. His figure was remarkably good, and he carried himself erect and well, as one who had been trained to it.
He was dressed in black, and his frock-coat was buttoned to the throat, where it met the black stock, then almost universally worn.
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Not a particle of white was visible. Coat, hat, boots and gloves had very evidently seen their best days, but so far as mending and brushing go, everything had been done, apparently, to make them presentable. On most men his clothes would have looked shabby, and seedy, but there was something about this man that prevented one from criticising his garments, and the details I have mentioned were only recalled afterwards. The impression made, however, was that the award in Mr.
Gentleman was written all over him. His manner was easy and quiet, and although he came to return thanks for what he regarded as deserving them, there was nothing obsequious in what he said or did. His forehead was high and remarkable for the great development at the temple. This was the characteristic of his head, which you noticed at once, and which I have never forgotten.
The expression of his face was grave, almost sad, except when he was engaged in conversation, when it became animated and changeable. His voice, I remember, was very pleasing in its tone and well modulated, almost rhythmical, and his words were well chosen and unhesitating. Taking a seat, we conversed a while on ordinary topics, and he informed me that Mr. Kennedy, my colleague in the committee, on whom he had already called, had either given, or promised to give him, a letter to the Southern Literary Messenger , which he hoped would procure him employment.
I asked him whether he was then occupied with any literary labor. By this time the speaker had become so excited, spoke so rapidly, gesticulating much, that when the turn-up-side-down took place, and he clapped his hands and stamped with his foot by way of emphasis, I was carried along with him, and, for aught to the contrary that I now remember, may have fancied myself the companion of his aerial journey. The climax of the tale was the reversal I have mentioned.
When he had finished his description he apologised for his excitability, which he laughed at himself. The conversation then turned upon other subjects, and soon afterward he took his leave. I never saw him more. To Poe, there well may be applied the verse of one of the most gifted of our poetesses, addressed to a great name in a very different sphere:. After Mr. Latrobe had concluded his remarks, Mr.
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