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Overview

America's most influential literary figure worldwide is familiar to most readers of short fiction through only about a dozen stories. This is because many of Poe’s tales depend on knowledge a reader in 1835 or 1845 might have had that a typical reader in 2000 would not. In this extensively annotated and meticulously edited selection of Poe’s short fiction, Stuart Levine and Susan F. Levine connect Poe to major literary forces of his era and to the rapidly changing U.S. of the 1830s and 1840s, discussing Shelley, Carlyle, Byron, Emerson, and Hawthorne, as well as the railroad, photography, and the telegraph. In the process, they reveal a Poe immersed in the America of his day--its politics, science, technology, best-selling books, biases, arts, journalism, fads, scandals, and even sexual mores--and render accessible all thirty-two stories included here. The general Introduction, the headnote to each story, and the annotations included in this volume have been extensively revised from the editors’ critically acclaimed editions of the complete short fiction: The Short Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe: An Annotated Edition (1976, 1990).

America's most influential literary figure worldwide is familiar to most readers of short fiction through only about a dozen stories. This is because many of Poe's tales depend on knowledge a reader in 1835 or 1845 might have had that a typical reader in 2000 would not. In this extensively annotated and meticulously edited selection of Poe's short fiction, Stuart Levine and Susan F. Levine connect Poe to major literary forces of his era and to the rapidly changing U.S. of the 1830s and 1840s, discussing Shelley, Carlyle, Byron, Emerson, and Hawthorne, as well as the railroad, photography, and the telegraph. In the process, they reveal a Poe immersed in the America of his day-its politics, science, technology, best-selling books, biases, arts, journalism, fads, scandals, and even sexual mores-and render accessible all thirty-two stories included here. The general Introduction, the headnote to each story, and the annotations included in this volume have been extensively revised from the editors' critically acclaimed editions of the complete short fiction: The Short Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe: An Annotated Edition (1976, 1990).

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Thirty-Two Stories appears in an attractive and readable format, with the 1848 'Ultima Thule' daguerrotype of Poe featured prominently on the front cover. Gone are the double-column pages, endnote style, and thematic organization of material that made the 1976 edition clumsy. Instructors and students will not have to battle with an arbitrary conceptual framework, since the stories in the new edition are presented in order of their first publication, and they will find the annotations more accessible at the bottom of the page. The typefaces are larger and bolder and many of the illustrations that graced the 1976 edition have been enlarged. . . . For college instructors and general readers interested in a fully annotated selection of Poe’s tales, attractively presented in a one-volume paperback edition, Thirty-Two Stories is the best thing on the market. --Bruce I. Weiner, The Edgar Allan Poe Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872204980
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 385
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Stuart Levine is Professor Emeritus of English, University of Kansas.

Dr. Susan F. Levine is former Assistant Dean in the Graduate School, University of Kansas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A Note on the Texts
Acknowledgments
Metzengerstein 1
The Duc De L'Omelette 9
MS. Found in a Bottle 16
The Assignation 26
Shadow 42
Silence 48
Ligeia 54
How to Write a Blackwood Article 68
A Predicament 80
The Fall of the House of Usher 87
William Wilson 104
The Man of the Crowd 120
The Murders in the Rue Morgue 130
A Descent into the Maelstrom 159
Eleonora 174
The Masque of the Red Death 181
The Pit and the Pendulum 188
The Domain of Arnheim 200
The Tell-Tale Heart 216
The Gold-Bug 221
The Black Cat 248
The Purloined Letter 256
The Balloon-Hoax 272
The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq 284
Some Words with a Mummy 303
The Power of Words 318
The Imp of the Perverse 323
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar 329
The Cask of Amontillado 339
Mellonta Tauta 346
Hop-Frog 361
Von Kempelen and His Discovery 370
Bibliography 379
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