As sort of a follow-up on the recent, lengthy post on the Poe-ish anniversary and my six degrees of frustration with “The Following” here, a fairly brilliant lecture on Poe’s Eureka, his treatise on, well, the rules of everything.
See, this is why I love Poe so much: He is not just a contract writer. He is, quite simply, good at everything. I find it endlessly annoying that Eureka is almost a Phantom Text in our time, given that most of the usual, cheap one-volume “complete” (which really means “in-complete”) editions of Poe do not include it.
Why? – Because I am inclined to say, if you don’t know (and understand!) Eureka, you don’t know Poe. Seriously.