Knowing Poe. The Literature, Life, and Times of Edgar Allan Poe...
What makes a good writer great? Practice, patience, persistence, and a bit of luck all contribute to a writer's skill.
But great writers stand apart from all others. Their work is marked by an indefinable something. James Dickey refers to it as the ability to listen to the celestial wireless. Others call it talent or creative genius or simply the "X" factor. Whatever it is, great writers have it.
Edgar Allan Poe is one of these special people.