About the Book"Say the name Edgar Allan Poe and you'll likely find countless adoring fans in your midst--the man has been dead for 17 decades, yet he's remained as famous and timeless as ever and is considered one of the most important and influential American writers of the 19th century, and dare we say, of all time. With over 4M fans on Facebook (only J.K. Rowling and Stephen King have similar numbers), Poe has been the inspiration behind scores of film and TV adaptations, as well as a craft beer, a football team (Baltimore Ravens), various musicians, and countless pop culture references. Still, of all the writers anywhere, Poe would seem to be the least likely you'd want to turn to for advice--he had tons of failed relationships; not many people liked him; he was a drunk; he was always broke; he often went hungry; even his own death was somewhat of a mystery. But that's also precisely the point. Where Poe failed, he also persevered. This is the idea behind Poe for Your Problems, the world's first darkly inspiring self-help book based on Poe, the most unlikely self-help guru. Poe can cheer us up, lend us courage and inspire us to keep going, if only we got to know him. We f*ck-ups need our own hero and Poe is our natural champion. This book will draw deeply on Poe's poetry, fiction, letters, and essays, in addition to a vast range of new scholarship and scientific research with the express purpose of showing readers how to overcome life's challenges and succeed despite the odds. Included throughout are 30-40 black-and-white illustrations in a handsome, giftable package"--
Book SynopsisWhen life's got you down and things aren't going your way, who better to turn to than Edgar Allan Poe? Discover how to say "nevermore" to your problems in this darkly comedic and refreshing self-help guide. Of all the writers anywhere, Poe might be the least likely person you'd ever turn to for advice. His life was a complete dumpster fire: he married his cousin; got fired from one job after another; constantly feuded with friends and rivals; and he was always broke. But that's also precisely the point. Though Poe failed again and again, he also persevered. Drawing deeply on his works and life, Catherine Baab-Muguira takes the familiar image of Poe in a new and surprising direction in this darkly inspiring self-help book. Despite what you might think, Edgar Allan Poe is the perfect person to teach you to say "Nevermore, problems!" and show you how to use all the terrible situations, tough breaks, bad luck, and even your darkest emotions in novel and creative ways to make a name for yourself and carve out your own unique, notorious place in the world. An inspirational tale for black sheep everywhere, Poe for Your Problems will teach you how to overcome life's biggest challenges to succeed at work, love, and art--despite the odds and no matter your flaws.
About the AuthorCatherine Baab-Muguira is a writer and journalist who has contributed to, among others, Slate, Quartz, CNBC and NBC News. A frequent podcast and radio guest, with appearances on NPR and Lifehacker's Upgrade, she lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and baby son.