on March 20, 1998
Edgar Allen Poe's life of struggle and hardheadedness bore fruit in his writings, the most important of which are presented here. Poe's strongest point remains his mysteries, which have been used for the basis for many writers following after. Coldly stifling is the setting in which Poe casts his readers; feel the chill of the caverns, and the mouldering death-shroud of those buried before their time, or those damned to their fate by the acts of their lives. Poe's works have a constrictive effect *much like The Shining, by King does*, pulling the reader in closer to the text, seeking resolution at the end, but only finding... well, it would be a sin to spoil your first taste of Amontillado, or your first stroll along the Rue Morgue. So do what's right. Click for Edgar, and make sure that, unlike the sweet Lenore, he is seen for evermore...
on March 15, 1998
Edgar Allen Poe has been a constant name in American fiction and poetry for year. This collection of his tails includes such classics as The Fall of the House of Usher and the Cask of Amontillado. Poe is undoubtly a master of suspense, although his work can get wordy and laborious at times. My reading of Poe was one of the best things that I ever did for my vocabulary. Poe's mysteries are well writting, and the endings can be quite surpising. For mystery and especally suspense buffs this is a clasic must read. There are also several whimisical tales such as The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfaal, an early sci-fi story, in which a man travels by hot air balloon to the moon.
This book offers a little of something for everyone. And no one can claim know American Literature without knowing the works of Poe.
on May 11, 1998
Being British, I can't comment on his significance in America, but I would like to praise him as one of the best writers of all time. Not content with single handedly defining new genre - The detective story (Murders in the Rue Morgue), the adventure story (The Gold Bug), he went on to write stories which would chill the spines of his readers for centuries to come. This book covers all his best work, and though it is often difficult to navigate his wide vocabulary, there is more than enough in content to keep even the most uneducated, glued to the pages. The only thing that would make this book perfect would be illustrations by Tim Burton, or a soundtrack by Danny Elfman.
on December 10, 1999
A Great Poe Story
"The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym of Nantucket" is a devilish tale about a young sea-loving man by the name of Arthur Gordon Pym. He becomes a stowaway onboard a ship by the name of Grampus. This gravely error causes the mutiny of the Grampus, the stranding of the Grampus at sea, and the death of his friend, Augustus. I believe this story is a wonderful spine-tingling tale by the popular author Edgar Allan Poe. This story would be a wonderful addition to anyone's horror story collection, especially anyone who loves Edgar A. Poe's gruesomely good stories of horror and mystery.