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The Portable Edgar Allan Poe (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Edgar Allan Poe , J. Gerald Kennedy
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A fully revised collection of Poe's work

The first new edition of this landmark anthology since 1945 presents a more complicated, perverse, and culturally engaged Poe. Along with the author's familiar masterworks in poetry and fiction, this new Portable Poe includes satirical tales that reflect his critique of American culture.


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Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 49), was born in Boston, USA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 676 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143039911
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic; Revised edition (3 Oct 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RWQVVW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809, the son of itinerant actors who left him an orphan in 1811. He became a ward of Richmond merchant John Allan and from 1815 to 1820 lived with the family in London. Upon his return, Poe received schooling in Richmond before attending the University of Virginia for a year. In 1827, he clashed with Allan and left for Boston, where he joined the army and published a slender volume, Tamerlane and Other Poems. He later attended the US Military Academy until his dismissal in 1831. The poet moved to Baltimore and began writing for magazines in 1832: three years later he secured a position with the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond and married his cousin, Virginia Clemm. Relocating in New York, Poe endured great hardship but in 1838 published his only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. In October 1849, he collapsed in Baltimore and died in hospital.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have.... 12 Oct 2010
By Mazeppa
Format:Paperback
The singular genius of Edgar Allan Poe is suitably represented in this competitively priced compendium of his works. The literary genius of the man was all encompasing, poems and essays, reviews and scientific speculation-but above all his short stories. Ligeia is possibly one of the most brilliant stories ever penned (Bernard Shaw deemed it "unapproachable"). It is sensual, learned, intriguing and strangely comforting. The precursor of the Sherlock Holmes genre can be found here in the three Dupin mysteries and most edifying they prove too. I would urge most strongly, however, the reader to pay special attention to the fragments from "Marginalia", "The Poetic Principle" and "Eureka" found towards the end of the book. These establish Poe far above that of a mere story teller and give one a hint of the formidable intellect behind the works. Poe grappled with the mysteries of existence and the genesis of the universe during his all too short life and drew some profound conclusions, leaving future generations much too muse upon.On a personal level, I find his comment that poetry exists to put one in direct contact with beauty in the form of language. If one reads these before the short stories, the themes contained therein take on a new significance-particularly that of Ligeia. This book cannot be recommended strongly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 Mar 2013
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This book is a must-have for both fans and new readers of Poe. The book contains his best works, including stories, poems, essays and letters. I would definitely recommend purchasing this book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahh Poe. . . 23 July 2000
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Of all the writers you were forced to read in High School, Poe may be the most contemporary. After all, where would today's Alternative Goth culture be without the influence of Poe.
In this volume, fans of the strange genius are given a rare treat. Editor Philip Van Doren Stern has collected not only the all-time greats (e.g. "The Tell-Tale Heart" "The Pit and the Pendulum" "The Raven" etc.), but also some eccentric choices like "The Man of the Crowd". In addition, the book gives several non-fiction articles and literary reviews written by Poe showing that he was not without a practical side.
But perhaps the most fascinating thing is a section of letters Poe wrote, to among other people, his stepfather, his wife, his mother-in-law, and various members of the literary community. These paint a colorful picture of his often desperate existence. After reading these letters, you may think Poe tragic, pathetic, pretentious or maybe even egotistical, but you wll never think of him in quite the same way you previously did.
Read this book for a fresh look at one of American literature's greatest geniuses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All the Poe You'll Ever Need 20 Sep 2001
By doomsdayer520 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Unless you're a collector or completist, this volume compiles all the Poe you could possibly ask for. All the classic stories are here, and you can clearly see how Poe broke new ground and influenced all creative fiction that came after him. While most people are wary of "classics" that everybody talks about, but nobody seems to really like, Poe's classics will give you a true appreciation for his genius. You will truly be enthralled by such well-known tales like "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (in which Poe invents the detective story), and especially the immortal "The Raven".
The editor has included many of the surviving letters that Poe wrote to the various women he unsuccessfully tried to court, and especially to his cruel stepfather, which provide great insight into Poe's inner demons. If you ever wonder why most of Poe's stories are based on death and/or madness, these letters will show you why. The only problem with this particular book is that it is a little too exhaustive, and includes many items that are more of historical interest than they are readable. This is true of most of the entries in the Articles, Criticism, and Opinions sections of the book.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Work, Poorly Organized Kindle Book 22 Mar 2011
By Senior Scholar - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is intended as a review of the book, not of the work of Edgar Allan Poe. As a Poe fan, I purchased this book just for the pure fun of reading Poe on my Kindle. However, the book is so poorly organized that finding a particular tale or poem is a real pain and takes a lot of the fun out of it. While there is a table of contents, the individual works are not list there; rather there are groupings of the works so you have to know (or guess) to which group the work you may be looking for belongs. Alas, there is also no index. This is an electronic book: I should be able to toggle down a table of contents to a particular work, select it, and be taken there, but it doesn't happen that way. Not recommended for Kindle readers!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the latest edition fills in the holes 31 May 2011
By Zachary Mays - Published on Amazon.com
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The Portable Poe is worth buying simply because it contains a selection of Poe's letters. This latest edition fills in the some holes left by omissions in the previous version, by including such stories as The Imp of the Perverse, The Oblong Box, The System of Tarr and Fether, and Some Words with a Mummy; these stories for me anyway make it more comprehensive. Of course for a Poe fan I am sure some beloved stories are not included, but one can read this volume and have a pretty comprehensive view of Poe. On a minor note, I personally preferred the arrangement of the previous edition in terms of putting the letters first as opposed to last. Why this is? I cannot really say. The expansion of the Observations section is nice as well. Overall if you own a previous edition, no real need to buy this newest one, if you don't own the older one, get this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poe was a genius 6 Oct 2008
By Christopher H. - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume contains Poe's most important works. The books starts out with his letters, which are of historical interest and also contain some fine philosophizing. The stories, of which many are included, are grouped sensibly by genre or subject. What can I say of them? They are superb, the meat of his works, and all fascinating, whether lunatic (The Cask of Amontillado, for example) or coolly ratiocinative (the Dupin stories). Poe's mastery and manipulation of the human psyche is really extraordinary, and the quality of the prose, I need scarcely mention, is extremely high. His works are classics for a very good reason.

This book concludes with essays, articles, and poems. 'The Raven', of course, is most famous, but most of the other pieces are quite interesting. In particular, Poe's ability for expressing extremely abstract concepts and chains of reasoning, in his essays, is enviable. I finished this anthology awed, with that peculiar feeling, like that of static electricity, of having touched a man of genius -- a bit mad, yes, but a genius indeed.
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