Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

by Edgar Allan Poe, Benjamin F. Fisher
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Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Edgar Allan Poe

The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

 

Creator of the modern detective story, innovative architect of the horror genre, and a poet of extraordinary musicality, Edgar Allan Poe remains one of America’s most popular and influential writers. His tales and poems brim with psychological depth, almost painful intensity, and unexpected—and surprisingly modern—flashes of dark humor and irony.

This anthology offers an exceptionally generous selection of Poe’s short stories. It includes his famed masterpieces, such as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter," featuring Poe’s great detective, Dupin; his insightful studies of madness "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart"; "The Gold-Bug," his delightful exercise in "code-breaking"; and important but lesser-known tales, such as "Bon-Bon," "The Assignation," and "King Pest." Also included are some of Poe’s most beloved poems, haunting lyrics of love and loss, such as "Annabel Lee," nightmare phantasmagories such as "The Raven," and his grand experiment in translating sound into words, "The Bells."

Benjamin F. Fisher, Professor of English, University of Mississippi, is a longtime enthusiast of the works of Poe. He has published books, articles, and notes about Poe, and in American, Victorian, and Gothic studies, and serves on editorial boards for several professional journals. He has also been acclaimed for outstanding teaching.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411432147
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 176,206
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

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Creator of the modern detective story, innovative architect of the horror genre, and a poet of extraordinary musicality, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) remains one of America’s most popular and influential writers. His books of collected tales and poems brim with psychological depth, almost painful intensity, and unexpected — and surprisingly modern — flashes of dark humor and irony.

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Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 457 reviews.
TheQuillPen More than 1 year ago
I have found that many, if not most, readers like to dismiss Poe as a shallow, simplistic, and even disturbed horror writer whose work possesses little or no merit for the sophisticated reader beyond that of Poe's literary status. Unfortunately, this conception has gained widespread acceptance (thanks in no part to the Vincent Price "remakes" of several of Poe's most famous stories), but, fortunately, this conception is simply untrue. Poe's poetry demonstrates his mastery of form, technique, language, and the use of classical themes, besides thrilling the reader. Recurring themes include the nature of death and the afterlife, fear, beauty, truth/reality, and even love. This volume provides readers with a decent overview of Poe's poetic work and includes such classics as "Ulalume: A Ballad," "The Raven," "To Helen," and "The Bells." Although Poe desired first to be known as a poet, his prose constitutes his best work. This volume includes an excellent sampling of Poe's short stories, which range from Gothic tales of terror to psychological thrillers to mysteries to tales of insanity and obsession to biting parodies and comical works. Beyond his skillful use of terror in his stories, Poe delves into his characters' minds, revealing the worst in Man and demonstrating how depraved we truly are. More specifically, his stories address troubling questions concerning human thought, emotion, and condition, and the consequences of overwhelming fear, obsession, and the thirst for revenge, among other things. This volume also includes Poe's single novella, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. Overall, this is excellent, thought-provoking material that provides for a thrilling, enjoyable, and occasionally hilarious read.
karlexa More than 1 year ago
A great compilation book with the best works of Poe. Convenient and practical.
AkilahButterfly More than 1 year ago
This book contains every poem and tale written by the great Edgar Allan Poe...tales are positively chilling to the bone...poetry written about death and pain, but it touches the soul...Sing praises to the work of Edgar Allan Poe FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!
Ludwig1770 More than 1 year ago
Over all, i recommend reading this book, i have read about half of it when i'm in between books or want to ready a short story at night. but i recommend all to read a bit of poe !!
Ladii-Lynne More than 1 year ago
Besides that this book has every Poe must read, there is nothing else to say. Poe's work speaks for itself. I can, however, tell you which are my favorite stories: The Gold Bug The Black Cat The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Pit and the Pendulum The Cask of Amontillado POEMS: The Raven (of course) A Dream Within A Dream
Guest More than 1 year ago
an outstanding book for young adults and others including the classics such as The Raven,Hop-Frog,The Black Cat ,The Pit and the Pendulum, and the Tell-Tale Heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful an very teaching. Best poet ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read evey time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is informational about Poe and has a ton of his writings. I love it!
ftballprincess More than 1 year ago
An amazing compilation of Poe's works.
Kara OConnor More than 1 year ago
I love all the storys!
sbJerseygirl More than 1 year ago
Hey! It is Poe - what isn't to love?!! It has all my favorites... The Raven, Masque of the Red Death, Pit & Pendulum... and some I had all but forgotten and find enjoyable all over again.
Desert-Queen14 More than 1 year ago
His poems give you thrills, but his short stories provoke intense thought. This book is by no means a casual or lighthearted read; I consider it a must-have for the bookshelf of any writer who wants to gain some literary perspective and learn by example how to put real depth and density into his writing. Poe is the standard those kinds of authors must live up to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first started reading Poe when I was about 12. His stories and poems are unforgettable. My absolute favorite is Annabell Lee. This is required reading for any and all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poe is the greatest of american(brits are good)poets. This collection is masterful, it even includes poe's only novel. B and N have done it again with brilliant intro's and exquisite notes. Keep up the good work and keep low the price!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A superlative compilation of Edgar Allan Poe's works. Lovers of any kind of fiction should read this book.
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