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Complete Tales and Poems [Hardcover]

Edgar Allan Poe , Arthur Hobson Quinn
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March 26 1992
Edgar Allan Poe was one of the earliest pioneers of the short story and perfected the tale of psychological horror. The entirety of Poe's body of imaginative work encompasses detective tales, satires, fables, fantasies, science fiction, verse dramas and some of the most evocative poetry in the English language. This leatherbound omnibus collects all of Poe's fiction and poetry in a single volume, including "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Raven", "Annabel Lee", and the full-length novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket". "The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe" is part of "Barnes & Noble"'s series of quality leatherbound volumes. Each title in the series presents a classic work in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather. These books make elegant additions to any home library.
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Edgar Allan Poe self-published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, in 1827. In 1830, Poe embarked on a career as a writer and began contributing reviews and essays to popular periodicals. He also wrote sketches and short fiction and in 1833 published his only completed novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Over the next five years he established himself as a master of the short story form through the publication of "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Tell-tale Heart" and other well-known works. In 1841, he wrote "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," generally considered the first modern detective story. The publication of The Raven and Other Poems in 1845 brought him additional fame as a poet. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars One Thing Missing April 7 2004
Format:Paperback
There is only one flaw with this book, and it goes precisely against what Poe himself stated, which as that he found it inexcusable to print a person's work other than how he/she intended it. Mark Twain's writings are a prime example of publisher's not honoring his wishes. Poe is another victim. This particular volume designates where the publisher has chosen to remove text because THEY felt it unnecessarily elongated the story.
There is a volume that does not do this, but I cannot recall the name. If you don't mind the publisher deciding for you what of Poe's art you need to read, this volume is fine. For me, I always want the author's work, not the publisher's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The tales are great, the type isn't Aug. 22 2003
Format:Paperback
Poe is a master. Reading them again after years of not brought me a lot of pleasure. This version has small type that makes reading in low light (for mood) very difficult. Anyone who has a hard time with a newspaper will not enjoy this release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't believe how inexpensive this is. Dec 21 2013
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I was shocked at how inexpensive this collection is! It weighs a ton and is a good looking book. Nice to see!
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Nooooo-Body! If you want to impress people and seem intellegent, buy this book and put it on your shelf. If you want a awesome collection of chilling tales, this book is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 19 2013
By Ellen
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So happy I purchased this item. Looks so pretty on my book shelf and it is so convenient to have the whole works in one volume. I haven't gotten through it all the way yet but I'm working on it! Such a great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Berenice: Poe at his grimmest Oct. 18 2008
Format:Hardcover
Despite all who have attempted the genre since, Poe remains the supreme master of the horrific short story. From this collection I select "Berenice" to comment on, not only because it is a classic example of Poe, but also because it deals with a subject so typically his, that of obsession.
There is little point in trying not to "spoil" a Poe story by avoiding telling the final outcome, for in this story, as in much of his work, the fascination lies not in a teasing or elaborate plot leading to a surprise revelation, but in morbid, gristly dwelling on the awful texture of misery, melancholia and near madness. One can read them repeatedly, and they still taste satisfyingly rank and vile.
In this short story of brooding obsession, Egaeus looses his wife, Berenice, to illness, and in a fit of abstraction and obsession opens her grave and rips out the part of her that his mind has fixated upon: her teeth. Nasty and simple, but unforgettable.
There is little joy in Poe's world. Love, hope and happiness are only shown as a prelude to loss, to provide a fading dusk against which the blackness of the tragic end stands out more clearly.
It's interesting that some of Poe's readers complained to the editor when Berenice was published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1935. This was early in Poe's career, and he reports the subscription list of this periodical as 700. In December of that year he was made editor, and by the time he left the subscription list numbered 5,500. Obviously then, as now, there was quite an appetite for horror amongst readers.

Graham Worthington, author, Wake of the Raven
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection! Oct. 3 2011
By Kelly
Format:Hardcover
Great book if you are a fan of Poe or just reading his stories for the first time. Awesome collection that's great to keep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Addition to Any Serious Library June 21 2004
Format:Paperback
I bought a copy of this Vintage edition, with exactly the same cover art, new in 1975 - folks that's 29 years ago. It's a massive compendium of virtually all, if not all, of anything that Poe wrote of literary consequence, including short stories (a/k/a the "tales"), poetry, and his only novel (*The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym*). Although Poe's work in this edition is not organized in exactly the most scholarly order, and, yes, is a tad short on literary criticism -- who cares? If you're looking for criticism, biography or interpretation, there are dozens of books about Poe to satisfy that need. But if you're looking for a comprehensive "one-stop" source of Poe's works at a great price, this is it.
I have acquired and tossed hundreds of books in the past 29 years, but I have hung onto this volume. The inclusion of the complete *Narrative of A. Gordon Pym* alone is worth the price of the book. In addition to the more commonly anthologized stories like "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Black Cat," "The Tell-tale Heart," and "The Cask of Amontillado," you'll find lesser known gems like the nightmarish "William Wilson," one of the best "doppelganger" stories ever written. If you've never read Poe before, his style is distinctly 19th century and may pose an impediment to some readers. Old fashioned or not, he remains the master of this genre. This particular edition offers all the proof you'll ever need and many hours of reading pleasure.
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