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A reasonably concise compilation of Poe's works.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Despite the title, this volume is not a complete collection of Poe's tales or poems, although *most* of them are present. His essays, reviews and miscellania are almost completely absent. There is no introduction, no notes and nothing in the way of commentary. The absence of this latter can make reading difficult, as Poe made frequent use of French, Latin, Greek and Hebrew quotations, and also employed obscure and unfamiliar words and mythological allusions. However, the stories and poems are presented in a logical order, those with similar themes being clustered together.
There are other compilations of Poe available (with lower prices) which contain basically the same material. This book is not of exceptional quality; the print used (at least in my copy) smudges, and the text contains a number of printing errors.
On the quality of Poe's fiction itself (rather than this particular volume) he cannot be faulted. A true master of every literary style to which he turned his hand, Poe elevated the short story to an artform and even created the detective fiction genre. Many writers since owe him a huge debt.
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2012 19:51:17 BDT
H. Hubball says:
"Essays and "Reviews" are not "poems" or "tales" so they wouldn't be in an anthology of poems and tales would they?
Posted on 10 Jul 2012 13:04:38 BDT
Thanks for the review, though it's always just a BIT annoying when reviewers talk about other better, editions but don't mention what they are.
Posted on 3 Feb 2013 22:44:40 GMT
P. Morris says:
What are these printing errors?
Posted on 24 May 2016 12:26:53 BDT
Can you recommend any of the cheaper compilations you mentioned in your review?
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