Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School


First Advisor

Lou Williams


This thesis examines Edgar Allan Poe's relationships with women in his life and how these relationships influence the plot structure of many of his tales and the subject matter of his poetry. It takes into consideration the role of the Cult of True Womanhood and the Age of the Beautiful Death in the nineteenth-century and how it affected Poe's life and work, and it includes a biography specific to Poe' relationships with women. Poe believed that only through feminine influence could man achieve a higher state of consciousness. This theme appeared in all areas of his work: his critical essays, tales, and poetry.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Relations with women
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Criticism and interpretation
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Characters -- Women




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