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  • Editor's Note:Borges as Poe Scholar
  • Emron Esplin

The Argentine author, translator, polyglot, librarian, and overall man of letters Jorge Luis Borges maintained a lifelong literary relationship with Edgar Allan Poe. Many of his own creative texts conversed with works by other writers—including Poe's—and he wrote or co-wrote hundreds of articles in which he mentioned Poe, his literary criticism, fiction, poetry, biography, or global influence. In our inaugural version of the "Newly Translated Poe Scholarship" feature in Poe Studies, we offer Sergio Waisman's translations (commissioned by the journal and published with permission from the Borges Estate) of Borges's two primary articles about Poe. The first originally appeared in 1935 in one of Buenos Aires's popular daily newspapers—La Prensa—at a time when Borges himself was just beginning to shift from writing poetry to writing fiction. Borges published the second piece in 1949 in the other well-known Buenos Aires daily, La Nación, as he wrapped up what many scholars consider his most important decade as an author of fiction. These articles include both praise for and criticism of Poe, and they succinctly express several of the ideas about Poe that Borges shared repeatedly in print from the 1920s through the 1980s. We are excited to offer these pieces to our readers for the first time in English. [End Page 139]



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