Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Tales

Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Tales


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'In his stories of mystery and imagination Poe created a world-record for the English language: perhaps for all languages.'
—George Bernard Shaw

Read throughout the world, admired by writers as different as Dostoevsky and H.G. Wells, translated by Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe has become a legendary figure, representing the artist as obsessed outcast and romantic failure. His nightmarish visions, shaped by cool artistic calculation, reveal some of the dark possibilities of human experience. But his enormous popularity and his continuing influence on literature depend less on legend or vision than on his stylistic accomplishments as a writer. All of Poe's best-known and most representative works are gathered here, as well as his masterly 'The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.'

Library of America Paperback Classics feature authoritative texts drawn from the acclaimed Library of America series and introduced by today's most distinguished scholars and writers. Each book features a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, and essay on the choice of the text, and notes.

The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, volume number 19 in The Library of America series. It is joined in the series by a companion volume, number 20, Edgar Allan Poe: Essays and Reviews.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598530568
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Novelist and essayist Diane Johnson is best known for her satirical novels L’Affaire and Le Divorce, which was a National Book Award finalist. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.

Table of Contents

MS Found in a Bottle
The Man That Was Used Up
The Fall of the House of Usher
William Wilson
The Man of the Crowd
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Masque of the Red Death
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Mystery of Marie Rogêt
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Gold-Bug
The Black Cat
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
The Purloined Letter
The Systems of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
The Imp of the Perverse
The Cask of Amontillado
The Domain of Arnheim
Von Kempelen and his Discovery

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