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Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe [Hardcover]

Edgar Allan Poe
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Aug. 15 1984

This single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history.

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This single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quoth the raven Feb. 22 2007
I've always had a liking for Edgar Allan Poe, with his tales of horror, mystery and suspense, done in the atmospheric prose of a master writer. Since I live close enough, I've even made some trips to his gravesite, a place that is always surrounded by a sense of sadness.

Poe was a tormented genius who died young, under mysterious circumstances, and at the time of his death he wasn't deservingly popular. Certainly his work was not cute romances for the masses -- he explored the darkness of the human heart, love, satire, and the earliest whodunnit stories. And "Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe" brings together all of his poetry and writings in one book.

Poe's fiction writings include short stories and novellas, which tend to be rather weird -- a treasure-hunt and a golden insect, a ship caught in a whirlpool, a hypnotized man talks about the universe, and stories of despair, madness, and occasionally beauty. There is also his trilogy of Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin stories, which were the first to feature a brilliant detective solving an impossible crime.

Most people know about "The Raven" (which even has the Baltimore Ravens named after it) but Poe actually wrote a lot of poetry, most of which readers never heard of. Sometimes dark, or whimsical, or even both. "By a route obscure and lonely/Haunted by ill angels only/Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT/On a black throne reigns upright..."

And, of course, the horror. This is what Poe is best known for, including such well-known stories as "The Fall Of The House Of Usher." But there are also lesser-known gems -- tales of a plague invading a party, being buried alive, a portrait that siphoned the life out of its subject, and a nightly visit to an Italian crypt leading to madness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Does Horror Better Than Edgar Allen Poe Nov. 12 2003
Whether you were forced to read him as a high school student, numbly opening to one of his many short stories or poems, or as an avid fan of the macabre, you delved into his darkest works, it doesn't take long to understand why Edgar Allen Poe is considered to be one of the great writers of all time, blending styles ranging from horror to comedy into his volume of work to create stories that capture the imagination and thrill the soul.
Many of his writings have been translated into film, or referenced in other literary works, television programs, even some of the great satires of the stage and screen. Here now, is a chance to share in the complete works of this masterful writer of the macabre.
From "The Raven" to "The Tell-Tale Heart", this collection of his stories and poems is beautifully laid out in a hard-cover edition that is far less expensive than comparible collections of his works in paperback. For anyone from the casual reader to the most dedicated fan of American literature, this collection is a must have for any home library.
Scott Kolecki
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poe, the Authority of Alarm, Anxiety, and Awe Dec 13 2002
By maggie
As a high school student, I have learned about many great authors and poets:Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Benjamin Franklin, to name a few. However, without a doubt and hands down, Edgar Allan Poe is by far the
greatest author. Poe has an amazing ability to catch his reader's attention, fulfill them during the story, and disappoint them at the ending. This disappointment is not because the story was unsatisfactory and dull, but because the reader craves more of Poe's phenomenal and entertaining writing. The first time I read Poe (The Tell-Tale Heart), I was fascinated with his ability to make me feel that I was caught up with Poe's insanity. His story was absolutely terrifying, yet there were no demons, devils, beasts, basilisks, or monsters involved. I was confused of where the disturbing terror was coming from. After reading many of his short stories and poems, I realized that the fear could not even be found in the story at all. It is found in the reader's soul, beliefs, and heart. This horror is not exposed every time you open a book by Poe. It is with you constantly, every day and second, as long as your heart is still beating...and perhaps even after.
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Poe has been called the creator of the modern detective story and yet many people have no idea that the character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Dupin, the protagonist in "The Purloined Letter" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue". This is not meant to detract from Doyle since I do credit him with mastering the genre. But Poe wrote with meticulous detail and such subtle nuances of logical distinction that he stands among the few truly great American writers.

Even Poe's shortest of stories, e.g. The Assignation, The Cask of Amontillado, pack far more visual imagery and intensity of emotion than contemporary pulp fiction authors can contrive in an entire novel stuffed full of crass language and sexual gimmicks. Poe needs no gimmicks to keep you turning the pages.

Perhaps Poe does assume a certain level of cultural literacy on the part of the reader that is absent in our modern television society. People actually read books for pleasure in those days. But !I don't believe he was writing for the elite for he was hardly of the upper class. And it is true some stories might contain one or two phrases of "non-politically correct" language (The Gold Bug, for example). So did Shakespeare, Melville, Twain, and Doyle. But evaluated in the context of his time one can not help but admire his work.

I don't want to address at too much length the experiences of many students who have had been force-fed Poe as part of an English literature class. The Merchant of Venice, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, and Lord of the Flies are all books I will never read again due to my onerous experiences in school. However, if you are inclined to delve back into any of the classics in the English language, you can do far worse than to rediscover the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 14 days ago by sheilakix
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book.
I ordered this book and i really love it you have all the short stories and peoms from E.A.P I do not regret my purchase at all and the price is very good. Thank you !
Published 10 months ago by Inkedqueen87
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality and Quick
The book arrived almost immediately after I ordered it and it arrived in good conditions.
Published on Feb. 6 2009 by Maria Maute
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enduring Master of the Macabre
Edgar Allan Poe, born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809, died October 7, 1849.

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Published on Oct. 18 2008 by Graham Worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars pioneer of Horror, and a damn fine poet too
Edgar Allan Poe is best remembered for his weird, creepy short stories, but he was also a great poet. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
5.0 out of 5 stars good !
ok Edgar Allen Poe is a good writter no doubt and his stuff is good to read so take my advice buy it and you wont be disapointed k....
Published on Nov. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for younger readers who like horror
This is inevitably a favorite of high school students and it's a great way to tempt the reader who hates classics. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by Joanna Daneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Madness and wonder
In this book are all of Edgar Allan Poes stories and poems.It is one of the best books I have ever read. Read more
Published on March 23 2003 by Faye
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
If you like Edger Allan Poe's stories and poems then you will love this book. Its big, easy to read print and hardback.
Published on Feb. 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving It All To Us
One of the downfalls most poets go through is that only one or two of their poems are regularly published in literature books leaving the others lost and forgotten. Read more
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