Date of Award
Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)
Colby College. English Dept.
Sweney, John R.
Robert L. McArthur
Susan M. Kenney
Why even look at Politian, an unfinished failure? While it is true that Politian was a failure for its time and surely one of Poe's least successful attempts, it may improve on a stage with a more modern perspective. If not solely for examination of Poe's artistic effort, Politian also warrants a closer read due to its historical relevance by way of Beauchamp and Sharp. Poe, a most fastidious editor of his work, was ultimately required because of financial constraints to lay aside Politian in its unfinished state. As a result, the unedited Politian may provide insight into the writing process of Poe that other polished pieces cannot, and that, if nothing else, warrants a more precise study of his play.
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Criticism and interpretation, Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Dramatic works
Recommended CitationMartin, Jessica A., "Politian: a critical analysis" (2003). Senior Scholar Papers. Paper 167.
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