According to even his most forgiving biographers, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) was a difficult man. Arrested whilst touring Europe, and expelled from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he tended to lose both work and friends through drunkenness. Best known for his goriest stories, Poe is often presented to the modern reader as a writer of horror. However, this collection, published in 1852, offers a broader selection of his work. It includes one of his first pieces of detective fiction, 'The Gold-Beetle', resulting from his preoccupation with cryptography; 'A Descent into the Maelström', an early example of science fiction; the mesmeric verse of 'The Raven'; and some of his lesser-known love poetry. A pioneer of modern genre fiction, Poe remains important and influential in the American literary canon. This lavishly illustrated collection represents an excellent introduction to his work.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Memoir of the author; Part I. Tales: The Gold-Beetle; Startling Effects of Mesmerism on a Dying Man; A Descent into the Maelström; The Murders in the rue Morgue; The Mystery of Marie Roget; The Purloined Letter; The Premature Burial; Some Words with a Mummy; Part II. Poems: The Raven; Lenore; The Bells; Ulalume; Annabel Lee; Bridal Ballad; The Haunted Palace; Eulalie; For Annie; A Valentine; An Enigma.