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Edgar Allan Poe
Eureka, A Prose Poem
Green Integer Series No.: 5
ISBN: 1-55713-329-8, Pages: 197
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The last of his books published during Poes lifetime, Eureka, A Prose Poem is a strange book indeed, particularly within the context of Poes desire that the work be judged only as a poem. Part scientific tract, part crazed speculation, Eureka is one of the most unusualand fascinatingworks ever written. Revealed within this text is the heart of Poes aesthetic and literary concerns.
...I propose to show that this Oneness is a principle abundantly sufficient to account for the constitution, the existing phenomena and the plainly inevitable annihilation of at least the material universe, writes Poe, hinting at a concept that has a great deal in common with the Big Bang Theory of the creation of the universe. Poe explores this major concept while commenting on the stars, planets, gravity, soul, body, and God in this remarkable phantasia on scientific thinking.
Unavailable in a single volume edition throughout much of this century, this edition reveals Poe as a brilliant American intellect, attempting to grapple with the most complex of ideas.
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