Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Hardcover – Feb 1986
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Edgar Allan Poe is credited with having pioneered the short story, having perfected the tale of psychological horror, and having revolutionized modern poetics. 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 text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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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.
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
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.
Reading Poe is beyond a mere thriller. His stories are not only mysterious with intrigue and drama, they also make you think. You sit and ponder 'why?', why did the character do this or say that. Like in my favorite tale "Black Cat", you sit and wonder what made the character behave the way he did. Was it caused by drink or was it caused by 'bad luck'? Or with the ever famous "Cask of Amontidallo", what was the grave insult that Montresor suffered?
Such questions will never be directly answered, as all the conclusions will inevitably be suppositions made by people, such as you and I. All in all, reading Poes' stories is mesmerizing in itself, and this book is as complete as it gets. It is a pretty large paperback (not like the mass market) and the font is actually much better than that in the hardback book. This is a worthwhile read at an excellent price.
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Beautiful book, quick shipping... is there anything more i need?Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is just one of the volumes from this set of various collected works and my review is the same for all of them -- love the complete and unabridged collection -- awesome... Read morePublished 4 months ago by sloan young
I already had a compilation of Edgar Allan Poe's work but it was all decaying. This is one of the finest books I have,beautiful cover well printed,Black silk and page marker,and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mathieu bissonnette
Although i have not read it yet, i am familiar with the contents, and it includes all the tales and poems i wanted.Published 8 months ago by stephen gorman
Very nice bindings, good sized font and lovely box. If you like Poe's work you may as well get a nice copy.Published 12 months ago by Margit