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By Stefan Zweig

"Stefan Zweig was once a gloomy and unorthodox artist; it's reliable to have him back."--Salman Rushdie

The nice Austrian author Stefan Zweig used to be a grasp anatomist of the deceitful middle, and watch out for Pity, the one novel he released in the course of his lifetime, uncovers the seed of selfishness inside of even the best of feelings.

Hofmiller, an Austro-Hungarian cavalry officer stationed on the fringe of the empire, is invited to a celebration on the domestic of a wealthy neighborhood landowner, an international clear of the dreary regimen of the barracks. the environment are glamorous, wine flows freely, and the exhilarated younger Hofmiller asks his host's attractive daughter for a dance, in basic terms to find that illness has left her painfully crippled. it's a minor blunder that might ruin his existence, as pity and guilt progressively implicate him in a well-meaning yet tragically wrongheaded plot to revive the sorrowful invalid to wellbeing and fitness.

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The speaker-singer indicates that whereas the angel-poet Israfel舗s dwelling in heavenly realms may help produce idealism in lyrical form, the earthly poet, living in the real world as he does, must cope with less pleasant realities. 舠Israfel舡 is, however, inescapably a 舠singing舡 poem and thus melds the beautiful with the useful, implicitly hinting at the magic or 舠enchantment舡 that often eludes earthbound poets. Like Tennyson, Poe produced poems that were artistic but that did not ignore the utilitarian.

1834John Allan dies in Richmond on March 27. 1835Poe moves to Richmond, where he becomes editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. 舡 Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is born. P. T. 1836Poe marries his fourteen-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm on May 16. He contributes many blunt, often scathing reviews to the Southern Literary Messenger and gains a reputation as a fearless critic. 1837Poe leaves the Southern Literary Messenger, possibly because of alcohol abuse, and takes Virginia and her mother to live in New York City.

John Allan provided Edgar with an excellent education, and the young man excelled in his studies. But tensions with his guardian developed as Edgar grew up. John Allan became weary of the discontented youth, whom he described as sulky and ill-tempered, and their relationship began a long decline. In 1826 Edgar enrolled in the newly founded University of Virginia, where he studied ancient and modern languages. During his time at the university, he amassed large gambling debts, which John Allan refused to pay, deepening the rift between the two.

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