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Monetary Imagination of Edgar Allan Poe: Banking, Currency and Politics in the Writings Heinz Tschachler

Monetary Imagination of Edgar Allan Poe: Banking, Currency and Politics in the Writings

Heinz Tschachler

Published August 21st 2013
ISBN : 9781299638556
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231 pages
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In this first-of-its-kind treatment, Heinz Tschachler offers an account of Edgar Allan Poes relation to the world of banking and money in antebellum America. He contends that Poe gave the full force of his censure to the acrimonious debates aboutMoreIn this first-of-its-kind treatment, Heinz Tschachler offers an account of Edgar Allan Poes relation to the world of banking and money in antebellum America. He contends that Poe gave the full force of his censure to the acrimonious debates about Americas money, Andrew Jacksons bank war, the panic of 1837 and the ensuing depression, and the nations inability to furnish a sound and uniform currency. Poes attitude is overt in his early satires, more subdued in The Gold-Bug, and almost an undercurrent in writings that enter into and historicize the discovery of gold in California. In Poes writings much is concealed, though his art also reveals while it conceals, in this instance, a deep felt desire for an authority that would guarantee a measure of permanence and continuity to the nation s currency. That kind of currency was finally furnished by Abraham Lincoln (both were born in 1809- Poe died in 1849), at one time a dedicated reader of Poes tales and sketches. Wielding his power of regulation, Lincoln came to save the Union not just militarily but also economically. Under him, the United States government finally provided the kind of sound and uniform currency that Poe in his writings could only name and rehearse.