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"This annotated edition establishes itself as the definitive text and record... the product of a lifetime of research by the distinguished Poe scholar, Thomas O. Mabbott.... Specialists will relish the rich headnotes, the complete rescension (including variorum footnotes) of the text, and the illuminating notes; the general reader will welcome the critical introductions, the readable page and attractive format, and the incisive commentary".

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Promising spine-tingling delights and sleepless nights, this annotated edition of Tales and Sketches is a treasure trove for scholars and general readers alike, confirming Edgar Allan Poe's status as one of literary art's "most brilliant but erratic stars".

This volume is the first of two, edited by the consummate Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott, collecting all the tales of a master of the uncanny, the unnerving, and the terrifying. Each volume is enriched with Mabbott's detailed and authoritative notes on sources, the history and collation of all known texts authorized by Poe, and variants of Poe's "final" version.

Marrying grotesque inventiveness with superb plot construction, Poe's strikingly original tales often use only one main character and one main incident. In many of them, horror and suspense, revenge and torture, are laced with hilarious satire. Volume I includes "Ms. Found in a Bottle", the horrific "Berenice", "Ligeia" (which Poe considered his finest tale), "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", and one of his most famous stories, "The Fall of the House of Usher".

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for Poe admirers and scholars 6 Jan. 2009
By kresovukov - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, arranged by Thomas Ollive Mabbott who is considered the best Poe scholar ever, is interspersed with explanations and foot-notes concerning the circumstances of origin of Poe's tales, carefully crafted and thoughtfully devised in a scientific accurate manner so that anyone who wants to know something more about Poe, and especially anyone who's anyone in matters of literature (because Poe is one of the most influential literary genius), is advised to peruse this book and will enjoy doing so.
5.0 out of 5 stars You're not likely to find better 26 May 2013
By thediener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All of Mabbott's works on Poe are absolutely essential to any Poe scholar and are highly recommended for any casual Poe fan. His notes, comments, and references pull together a range of esoteric sources and back-story behind Poe's work that is almost incredible. I highly recommend all three of Mabbott's books on Poe. The biographical sketch of Poe (included in Mabbott's collection of Poe's poetry) is exceedingly useful as it can be read quickly and referenced easily for quick review when trying to remember the sequence of major events in Poe's life. Mabbott makes clear much that is confusing to modern readers when tackling Poe's place in antebellum America. Poe revised many of his works numerous times and Mabbott's selection of which version of each story should be considered the standard has basically been universally adopted by scholars. Also this particular printing is remarkably free of errors. If you can only buy one collection of Poe's work, then the only good option is Mabbott! You won't regret it. However, if you go that distance, then you will also want to consider getting Burton Pollin's works on Poe also for a more complete understanding of Poe and his written corpus.
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