The Works Of Edgar Allan Poe

The Works Of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Works Of Edgar Allan Poe - Vol. IV is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1883.
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ISBN-13: 9781425576165
Publisher: University of Michigan Library
Publication date: 08/19/2011
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 1.00(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

About the Author

Creator of the modern detective story, innovative architect of the horror genre, and a poet of extraordinary musicality, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) remains one of America’s most popular and influential writers. His books of collected tales and poems brim with psychological depth, almost painful intensity, and unexpected — and surprisingly modern — flashes of dark humor and irony.

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PHILOSOPHY OF FURNITURE IN the internal decoration, if not in the external architecture of their residences, the English are supreme. The Italians have but little sentiment beyond marbles and colors. In France, meliora probant, deteriora sequuntur — the people are too much a race of gad-abouts to maintain those household proprieties of which, indeed, they have a delicate appreciation, or at least the elements of a proper sense. The Chinese and most of the Eastern races have a warm but inappropriate fancy. The Scotch are poor decorists. The Dutch have, perhaps, an indeterminate idea that a curtain is not a cabbage. In Spain they are all curtains — a nation of hangmen. The Russians do not furnish. The Hottentots and Kickapoos are very well in their way. The Yankees alone are preposterous. How this happens, it is not difficult to see. We have no aristocracy of blood, and having therefore, as a natural, and indeed as an inevitable thing, fashioned for ourselves an aristocracy of dollars, the display of wealth has here to take the place and perform the office of the heraldic display in monarchical countries. By a transition readily understood, and which might have been as readily foreseen, we have been brought to merge in simple show our notions of taste itself. To speak less abstractly. In England, for example, no mere parade of costly appurtenances would be so likely as with us to create an impression of the beautiful in respect to the appurtenances themselves, or of taste as regards the proprietor; this for the reason, first, that wealth is not, in England, the loftiest object of ambition as constituting a nobility; and secondly, that there the true nobility of blood,confining itself within the strict limits of legitimate taste, rather avoids than affects that mere costlin...

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CasperAZ More than 1 year ago
I checked out all of the Edgar Allan Poe collections on Barnes and Noble and this was the best one I saw. I'm so happy I purchased it. This collection is only $4.79. I've been reading some of the works and there is one I finished last night, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket." It's a long story, and I read where this is the only complete novel that Poe ever wrote. Well, this novel had me flabbergasted. Poe was so knowledgeable about Captain Cook's voyages along with precise latitude and longitude measures. He also taught me how penguins and albatross lay their eggs together in communal settings whereby both species gather together and create like their own fortress for protection. Poe also taught me facts I did not know about the Galapagos tortoise. This novel also had the Poe scare element with a mutiny aboard a ship with swords creating all sorts of mayhem, a ship is spotted approaching Pym's ship after it has been stranded out to sea for way over a month but it is covered with a foul stench and the survivors on Pym's ship discover that the putrid smell is derived from all the passengers aboard being dead from yellow fever, gale winds coming up and leaving those on Pym's ship with a fierce survival game which comes down to the remaining four drawing lots to see which one will be sacrificed to be eaten. Augustus has gangrene on his arm so bad that he has gone down to 40 pounds and when he dies, he is tossed overboard where the remaining lone survivors look in horror as the sharks eat the remains. Then, when Arthur Gordon Pym and Dirk Peters are rescued, you think it is all over, but it isn't. They are rescued by Mr. Guy on board his ship who wants to discover new land near the Aurora Islands, however, the natives that his crew meet play a trick on them by pretending to be friends but turn the tables on the crew with a plan to destroy them. Wow! This is re-discovered Poe to me! I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't made a movie from this novel.
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