The Man Who Was Poe

The Man Who Was Poe

by Avi

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Overview

The Old City Lay Dark And Cold...

It is night. And Edmund is alone. His mother is gone. His aunt, who went in search of her, is dead. His sister has disappeared. Edmund has no one. Except for a stranger of the night.

A dark, mysterious stranger who flees from demons of his own...who follows Edmund with grim determination through the cold and shadow city, promising to help, but often hindering. A stranger who needs Edmund for purpose of his own!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613829847
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 07/30/1997
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Avi is the award-winning author of more than eighty-two books for young readers, ranging from animal fantasy to gripping historical fiction, picture books to young adult novels. Crispin: The Cross of Lead won the Newbery Medal, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth were awarded Newbery Honors. He is also the author of the popular Poppy series. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. Visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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The Man Who Was Poe 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
480292 More than 1 year ago
The Man Who Was Poe is written by Avi, but one of the main characters is inspired by a man named Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809 and both of his parents were actors. Poe¿s father disappeared and his mother died when he was three. Poe was taken to Richmond, Virginia to live with John Allan and he soon became a drunk and a gambler. Unable to find a job, Poe wrote several poems, and then went to the army, but soon was expelled. Later he went to Baltimore, where his career as a writer began to unfold. Although Poe was falling in love with another woman, he courted Mrs. Sarah H. Whitman. In Providence, Poe had a daguerreotype made. In 1949 Edgar Allan Poe died because of mysterious circumstances. Although the main reason I read this book was because it was assigned to me in English class, as I began to read it it slowly began to become more interesting.

The setting of The Man Who Was Poe is in Providence, Rhode Island during the 19th century. In my opinion, Dupin is the protagonist. Although some that read the story my believe he is a worthless, gambling drunk, Mr. Dupin helps Edmund find a lot of the sources to help him find his missing Aunt, mother, and sister. Also I believe that without Dupin, Edmund trying to find his family would have been next to impossible. The antagonist is Mr. Ratchet. He is the antagonist because he turns out to be one that kindnaped Edmund¿s sister and mother. The major conflict, in my opinion, is Edmund wondering if he should trust Dupin or not, since Dupin is an alcoholic that cannot control himself much after he drinks.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read mysteries and horror. I believe that this is a must read student of American literature is because it helps students read about a famous author¿s file. I think the book moves slowly and is somewhat confusing. An example that supports my opinion from the book is how the book starts out with Edmund coming back from the store and his sister was kidnapped. Then you have to read the clues to the book and wait until the end to find out what happened to his sister, mother, and aunt.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book I read is The Man Who Was Poe by Avi. Avi is a very precise writer and he takes pride in his work. This book was based on the character Edgar Allen Poe who was born in Boston in 1809. Poe was married to a woman named Virginia who had died in 1847 in Richmond, VA. A reason to read is that you learn from each book. This book also used a lot of strategies to solve the problems that came like how to find Sis after her mysterious disappearance from their locked room.

The setting of The Man Who Was Poe was in the port city of Providence, Rhode Island. The protagonist in the story were Edmund and Dupin because they were solving the problems of Edmund¿s aunt¿s death and finding Edmund¿s sister. The antagonist in the story is Mr. Ratchet. Sis and Edmund were left by Auntie who went to go look for their mother in the apartment. Edmund had left Sis to go to the store but Sis was not there when he got back. Edmund didn¿t know what to do. But then, Dupin came along. Edmund didn¿t know whether to trust him or not. Later, Edmund and Dupin had to figure out the mystery of auntie¿s death. They used strategies like reasoning and discuss things like modern day detectives.

The Man Who Was Poe is a great mystery to read. I would recommend it to those who like solving problems. Using Edgar Allen Poe, one of the most famous, American literacy figures as a character made this book more interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Man Who Was Poe was written by Avi. Avi was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn. His twin sister gave him his name and it pretty much stuck. If you like detective, stories full of suspense, and thought-provoking novels, then this is the book for you.
The setting of The Man Who Was Poe is in Providence, Rhode Island in 1848. Edmund, the main character of the book, has lost his sister, mother, and aunt. He gets a man named Auguste Dupin to help him find his family members. Edmund is definitely the protagonist. Mr. Rachett, the antagonist, was married to Edmund¿s mother and had stolen all her money. He also captured and killed Edmund¿s aunt with the help of a man named Mr. Peterson. There are many conflicts in The Man Who Was Poe. One conflict is Edmund¿s internal conflict, since he doesn¿t know whether to trust Mr. Dupin, who is an alcoholic, or not. An external conflict is that Edmund had lost his mother, aunt, and sister and is looking for them.
The Man Who Was Poe is a satisfactory book. I think it starts off weakly but gets stronger in the end, when the action comes to a climax. I do recommend that people read this book, because Dupin is Edgar Allan Poe, who is one of greatest American Literature writers.
book4children More than 1 year ago
When it comes to middle grade mystery novels, I don't know that I've ever read one quite as breathtakingly gripping as The Man Who was Poe. It is a tale of murder, deceit, and madness. The fictionalized Poe is a sour, selfish man that cares only for material to create a story. Edmund is a sweet, naive little boy with no one else to turn to. Together they unravel the mystery of where Edmund's mother and sister have disappeared to. The plot is full of suspense and kept me guessing until the very end. Everything in this book moves the story forward and is relevant in some way. While I didn't particularly like any of the characters, they felt authentic and real, as if they could step out of the page and into real life. I've heard of some of Avi's other books, and you can bet your booties that I'll be reading them soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book 5 stars
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I bought this book but its only letting me read the sample. I need help to why its doing this?
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I had to read this book for schoool. Because i am still in school. So first i thought the book was going to be retarted. Then i started reading then i couldnt stop! I read it one class period! As soon as you start it sucks you in and you wont want to stop reading! So i HOPE you read the book it is a wonderful book to read.EnJoY!!!!!!
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This was an amazing book.My teacher gave it to me.I thought that people that love mystery should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. I enjoyed it from start to finish. The descriptions of Rhode Island in the ninteenth century transport you to a wonderful historic place!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avi has truly outdone himself. This book kept me on the edge of my seat, I finished it in one day!!! This is more than worth the time and money you will spend reading it. Outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down I had to keep reading to find out whats gonna happen next...This book deserves 5 stars +
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was probably the best book that I have ever read. It was extremely suspensful and the characters were very interesting by the way that they cahnged through out the story, I thought there were more details than needed, but other than that the book was absolutley amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book realy freaked me out! I mean, I had to turn on all the lights in the house, just to read this book. It was one of the best books i ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for all teens and adults!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After Robert Clark's 'Mr. White's Confession' I was craving another mystery/suspence book that would take me somewhere else: into the horror genre while keeping a fairly decent mystery/suspence-filled story. Avi's book does just that. He combines murder mystery with horror, painting pictures so vividly in my mind that, like any reader or writer, I played the book in my mind. I enjoyed the way it played out. The story is very well thought out. I am a big Poe fan and Avi keeps Poe's gloomy mood throughout the book->a morbid drunk flooded with images of death->which later blooms into a story for.....if you haven't read it, i suggest you pick up the book and dive into this incredibly unbelievable book that will leave you in awe and inspired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you like mysteries? If you do, you will love this book. The book is called The Man Who Was Poe. The story takes place in Brooklyn, New York in the year 1848. The characters are Edmund, Mr. Dupin, and Sis.Edmund had to go to the store to get some food. While he was on his way home, this old man asked him to help him. When he returned home after helping the man, Sis was gone! Mr. Dupin is the man who is helping Edmund find his Sis. Edmund even sain,'can you help me find my Sis.' The good thing about the book is that they found his Sis. Thhe bad part is that his aunt is dead and Dupin gets drunk a lot. This book is very interesting because it tells you how they figured out how Sis was missing and how they figured out who the body was. This book deserves 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I highly recommended this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i couldnt put this book down after i started reading it, its simply a work of art this is possibly one of the greatest books you will ever read, filled with tons of suspence thrills and chills. i would also reccamend something upstairs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of avi's best books yet full of suspence thrills and chills I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.