Journal of American Studies

Research Article

“The plots of God are perfect”: Poe's Eureka and American Creative Nihilism

Susan Manninga1

a1 Dr Susan Manning is University Assistant Lecturer in English and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, CB3 9DF, England.

Your diddler is ingenious. He has constructiveness large. He understands plot. He invents and circumvents.

The attempt to bridge the chasm between multiplicity and unity is the oldest problem of philosophy, religion and science, but the flimsiest bridge of all is the human Concept, unless somewhere, within or beyond it, an energy not individual is hidden; and in that case the old question instantly reappears: – What is that Energy?