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By Rex Stout

Unique e-book: 1955

Cheaters by no means prosper, yet Nero Wolfe encounters person who kills attempting. on the Pour Amour body spray riddle contest, one million cash is going to the contestant who can solution 5 questions. anyone doesn't just like the warmth of pageant, so he murders the competition founder and steals the solutions to the riddles. Now Wolfe has to smell down a path of clues that leads disturbingly with reference to domestic.

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But at another level the rhetoric of dysfunction mediated and conditioned material relations within literary “trade” that perpetuated itself through what might be called the peculiar behavior competitive capitalism required. Looking at Poe and other authors of his generation with similar career trajectories and economic means, I want to underline the extent to which his personal peculiarities, far from being incidental or antithetical to his career, played dynamically with a literary industry that embraced and cultivated dysfunction as a condition of authorial productivity and repute.

If the Norman Leslie review had the extremely salutary effect of bringing Poe “before the eye of the world,” it did so on the terms that the review itself dictated, in the sense that Poe was almost unanimously figured thereafter, whether in approval or approbation, as an eccentric and antisocial outsider. Not unexpectedly, the counterattacks launched by the Mirror and its friends cast Poe’s vaunted idiosyncracy in a decidedly negative light, characterizing Poe not just as an outsider but as a misfit.

Poe to Frederick W. Thomas, 3 February 1842, in Letters, 1: 192–193. “Mr. Poe’s ‘Autography,’” Philadelphia Public Ledger and Daily Transcript, 23 December 1841, p. 2. Collected Works (Mabbott), 2: 269. For an informative discussion of “Autography” within the context of Poe’s humorous strategies, see Donald Barlow Stauffer, The Merry Mood: Poe’s Uses of Humor (Baltimore: Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, 1981), pp. 15–17. In addition to E&R, which is not complete, see Literary Criticism of Edgar Allan Poe, ed.

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