on 12 October 2010
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.
on 23 March 2013
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.