The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Modern Library Series)

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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters, a genius who was tragically misunderstood in his lifetime. He was a seminal figure in the development of science fiction and the detective story, and exerted a great influence on Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, and Charles Baudelaire, who championed him long before Poe was appreciated in his own country. Baudelaire's enthusiasm brought Poe a wide audience in Europe, and his writing came to have enormous ...

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Overview

Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters, a genius who was tragically misunderstood in his lifetime. He was a seminal figure in the development of science fiction and the detective story, and exerted a great influence on Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, and Charles Baudelaire, who championed him long before Poe was appreciated in his own country. Baudelaire's enthusiasm brought Poe a wide audience in Europe, and his writing came to have enormous importance for modern French literature. This edition includes his most well-known works—"The Raven," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "Annabel Lee," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"—as well as less-familiar stories, poems, and essays.

All of the tales and 53 of his best known poems plus essays, criticisms and journalistic writings.

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Edmund Wilson
No one understood better than Poe that, in fiction and in poetry both, it is not what you say that counts, but what you make the reader feel he always italicizes the word 'effect'; no one understood better than Poe that the deepest psychological truth may be rendered through phantasmagoria.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679600077
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Modern Library Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1040
  • Sales rank: 432,074
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston, the son of traveling actors. He published his first book of poems Tamerlane and Other Poems in 1827, followed by Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (which included "The Fall of the House of Usher") in 1839, but he did not achieve appreciable recognition until the publication of "The Raven" in 1845. He died in 1849.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

    The Alcoholic Mastermind.

    This book showcases Mr. Poe¿s best works as a writer. This man went crazy but all of his books were thrilling tales about how one escapes death or a man kills another in one way that would make people think. The stories I read from this book were all good and they take a first person perspective, which gives true strength to his short stories. He always has this way to make people believe that the person will get out ok, but some how he always makes you wanting more. This book is a perfect book for when there is a blackout, or you just want to sit around the fire with the family and tell a scary story! His outlook in life will get you to thinking differently about the people around and take on a different role. But all and all this book is a must to any hardcore Edgar Allan Poe lover. His sick twisted mind wants you to keep reading and finding out what happens to the main character over and over again. Please take my advice and Check this book out!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001

    A Classic

    This book brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and suggests the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential writers in the history of American literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2000

    America's first and finest set of detective stories

    America's first detective stories found, here, in The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe are captivating and ghostly. After taking a course on the Detective Novel, I am hooked on Edgar Allan Poe and strongly recommend this version, as it also includes his superb poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2000

    Poetic Prose

    'Lo! 'Tis a gala night within the lonesome latter years! An angel throng, be winged, / bedight in veils, and drowned in tears, / sit in a theatre, to see A play of hopes and fears, / while the orchestra breathes fitfully, The music of spheres.' Like these verses in Poe's story 'Ligeia', the rest of the book amazes and enthralls readers with just as much poetic excellence. Poe's verse and his ability to completely immerse readers in the setting of his stories are great attention-grabbers. The stories, though simple in type and moral, are exquisitely written and fun to read. <P> 'The Pit and Pendulum,' for example, is a tale based on the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition. The theme has been debated since its publication; this reader's interpretation is that it is an extended metaphor. The character is blindly groping around his cell, the same way we go through life, not knowing if the next step will lead us off a ledge. And, that we don't always know what will happen, but that if we take it slowly and carefully, we may just survive this madness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2000

    excellent

    superb collection of poe's works

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    A Great book

    It was a great book.

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