Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607964872
Publisher: Beta Nu Publishing
Publication date: 07/18/2012
Pages: 850
Sales rank: 1,156,097
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.68(d)

About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston, the son of traveling actors. He published his first book of poems Tamerlane and Other Poems in 1827, followed by Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (which included "The Fall of the House of Usher") in 1839, but he did not achieve appreciable recognition until the publication of "The Raven" in 1845. He died in 1849.

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Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and deffinitly worth the money. Poe was a genius.
mldavis2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much of Poe rates a 5-star. I read the complete works which included many early poems, a genre that Poe professed to love, and some secondary early works that lack the polish and sophistication of his masterpieces, hence the overall 4-star rating. I find Poe somewhat of a humorist with his occasional use of absurd character names and his tongue-in-cheek sophisticated language in many of his tales, including those usually associated with horror.I don't know if I would expect readers to plow through the entire 5-book set of complete works as I did, but as a truly American writer, poet and analyst, Poe has set some benchmarks that led to later writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and other forensic efforts. This set is well worth exploring for Poe's influence on later writers.
Terpsichoreus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not many people outside of literary study or detective fiction fandom realize that the character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Poe's Dupin. Dupin was the brilliant and insightful idle noble who occasionally aided the authorities in particularly difficult cases. However, unlike Holmes, Dupin took it up merely as a hobby, mimicking Holmes' brother Mycroft.I'm not fond of Poe's poetry. Emerson's leveling of 'Jingle Man' is appropriate. Poe puts sounds together, but usually says very little with them. It is unusual that his prose was so varied while his poetry tended to obsessive repetition. Poe presents an example of the turning point when poetry ceased to represent the most complex and dense literary form (as in Milton and Eliot) and became the most frivolous and unrefined (the beat poets), while prose moved contrarily from the light-hearted to the serious.When divorced from his single-minded prosody, Poe's mastery of the language elegantly serves the needs of mood, characterization, and action. This is not always the case: his Ligeia retains his poetic narrowness, but his detective stories have a gentleness and wit found nowhere else in his oeuvre.The three Dupin stories helped to inspire detective fiction, using suspense and convoluted mystery to tantalize and challenge the reader. He may not have been as influential or innovative as Wilkie Collins, but his contribution still stands.Any book of Poe's is worth purchasing simply for these three stories. They are studies in the careful use of language to develop mood, character, and drive--even in a sparse plot. They are not quite the equals of Ambrose Bierce's short fiction, but they are solid enough.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't read this particular edition, but have several books by him, so this was easier to add here. He's not my favorite author, but I'm not much of a horror or poetry buff. I can't deny his influence & popularity nor his skill. Some of his ideas have been re-used as much as Shakespeare's. If you've never read him, you should, if only to know where a lot of knock-off plots are coming from.
Suso711 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Edgar Allan Poe really inspired my love of reading and writing in middle school. If just words on a page can incite such horror and emotion - well, that was just amazing to me.
ysar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genius. I read every word of this as a teen (my copy of the book is actually stolen from my dad's personal library) and have re-read it multiple times since then. From the stories to the poetry, Poe is the master of his art.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems were one of my great loves as a kid. If you've read my other reviews you know that it is well established that I was a strange kid. I believe that reading Poe's work is good for intelligent and creative children, but you should only let them read it in the day light. My love of these stories has stayed with me and they are still endless fun. They may be short, but you can think about them endlessly. If you love to read you have to read a Poe Collection at least once!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never read any of his books but i hav feeling that they're gonna be good i read his poems and quotes i think wow he really clever cant wait to read in readin class i heard one of his poems and im like yess i cant wait ro read morei wanna be a great poet juss like him just sooo good.
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Looks good like really good plus hes on my screen saver cool writer he is eh its true!
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