- Purchase/rental options available:
Throughout his distinguished career, Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges maintained a complex literary relationship with Edgar Allan Poe and his writings. Borges mentioned Poe in numerous articles, prologues, stories, poems, lectures, dialogues, and interviews that he wrote or participated in between the early 1920s and the mid-1980s. These pieces range from a limited number of articles and interviews that focus specifically on Poe to brief nods to Poe’s works in pieces dedicated to other authors. They also appear in venues that differ widely in audience and approach, including the popular daily newspapers of Buenos Aires, La Nación and La Prensa; weekly household magazines like El Hogar; the highbrow literary magazine Sur; the massively successful literature anthologies Antología de la literatura fantástica (1940) and Los mejores cuentos policiales (1943), and Borges’s own collections of fiction and poetry. In an effort to offer future scholars a substantial guide to the documents that demonstrate Borges’s long-term engagement with Poe’s works, “Jorge Luis Borges’s References to Edgar Allan Poe: An Annotated Bibliography, Section 1” directs readers to over 130 solo-authored pieces and lectures in which Borges references Poe—providing original publication information, current bibliographic material, and annotations for each piece.