The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Hardcover – 15 Feb 2014
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All of the tales by the master of the detective and the macabre story. 53 of his best-known poems plus essays and criticisms. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
EDGAR ALLAN POE is credited with having pioneered the short story, having perfected the tale of psychological horror, and having revolutionized modern poetics. The entirety of Poe's body of imaginative work encompasses detective tales, satires, fables, fantasies, science fiction, verse dramas, and some of the most evocative poetry in the English language.
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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.
But what stories they are! They're all filled with madmen, murder, jealousy, betrayal, revenge, magic, death, hatred, ghosts, haunted mansions, talking dead, hypnotists, and jesters - all the elements that went on to make up the horror genre that exists today. Poe is the grandfather of horror whose imagery still captures peoples' imaginations today.
The creepy old man with the one large eye in "Tell-tale Heart" whose still-beating dead heart drives his murderer insane; crazy Roderick Usher who sits in his crumbling mansion haunted by his dead sister's ghost; the figure of death who intrudes upon a prince's party in a locked up castle while all among the countryside reigns the Red Death; the nightmarish swinging pendulum; the living death of "M. Valdemar"; the sweet revenge of "Cask of Amontillado"; the immolated bullies of "Hop-Frog"; the murderous doppelganger of "William Wilson"; and the early template for the detective stories of later years in "Murders in the Rue Morgue", "Mystery of Marie Roget" and "Purloined Letter" - these are all first class stories that hold up superbly today.
The appeal of these captivating stories goes hand in hand with knowledge of Poe's own tortured life that contained numerous instances of heart-ache, loneliness, and loss, tinged with addiction to alcohol and drugs, and a mysterious death that remains unexplained to this day.Read more ›
I had to wait a short while for it to be dispatched, but patience is a virtue as they say. When it DID arrive, I was astounded. The image on Amazon doesn't do it justice! The text is a pale silver/bone shade, set against a raven black leather embossed with patterns in crimson gore. The pages are edged in a softly reflective, pearlescent silver, which feels silky and altogether too sensual beneath the fingers.
Content is, of course, unparallelled - all Poes works, beautifully presented with footnotes and appendices, and a few illustrations in a style contemporaneous with the time of Poes writing.
So if you want some Poe, and you derive guilty plesure from stroking books, holding them, sniffing them, then devouring the words withing, get this tome. Paperback versions? Nevermore!
There may be cheaper alternatives, but almost certainly none as aesthetically pleasing. If you want inexpensive then buy one of the out of copyright kindle copies, if what you want is an inexpensive hardback then the Fall River edition is strikingly attractive at a remarkably cheap price. However if you want a sumptuous volume which you can cherish and treasure then this is the the volume for you.
It contains all the short stories, poems and longer works of this great and important writer together with a brief biography. What more could you want?
From this collection I have Poe, Lovecraft and Doyle
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book isn't that good, the images used don't match up with the poems they are next to. Also the poems will have large gaps in the middle. This book is poorly constructed.Published 1 month ago by Ciaran
I bought this collection to have most of Poe's work in one place on my shelf, rather than for the packaging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CC Lee
Most of the reviews here on aamazon appear to be of the paper and hardback versions, Sadly the Kindle version , whilst having the excellent Poe stories , is plagued by corruptions... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Doccox