Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Tales and Poems

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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.


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There has never been any doubt about Poe's enormous literary significance, but, with regard to his ultimate artistic merit, there has been considerable disagreement. To some he is little more than a successful charlatan, whose literary performances are only a virtuoso's display of stunning, but finally shallow, effects. Others, however, are struck by Poe's profound probing of the human psyche, his philosophical sophistication, and his revolutionary attitude toward literary language. No doubt both sides of this argument are in part true in their assessments. Poe's work is very uneven, sometimes reaching great literary heights, at other times striking the honest reader as meaningless, pathetic, or simply wrong-headed. This is not surprising, considering the personal turmoil that characterized so much of Poe's short life. Poe was extreme in his literary views and practices; balance and equilibrium were not literary values that he prized. Scorning the didactic element in poetry, Poe sought to separate beauty from morality. In his best poems, such as "The City in the Sea" (1836), he achieved an intensification of sound sufficient to threaten the common sense of the poetic line and release a buried, even a morbid, sense that would enchant the reader by the sonic pitch of the poem. Defining poetry as "the rhythmic creation of beauty," Poe not only sought the dream buried beneath the poetic vision---Coleridge had already done that---but also abandoned the moral rationale that gave the buried dream symbolic meaning. The dream, or nightmare, was itself the content of the verse. Some readers, however, such as T. S. Eliot, have found Poe's poetry extremely limited, both in its content and in its technique. While it is true that Poe was one of the few American poets to achieve international fame during the nineteenth century, critics point out that his influence on such literary movements as French symbolism and literary modernism was largely through the superb translations and criticisms of his writings by Baudelaire (see Vol. 2), Mallarme (see Vol. 2), and Valery (see Vol. 2). Poe's theory of the short story, as well as his own achievements in that genre, contributed substantially to the development of the modern short story, in Europe as well as in the United States. Poe himself regarded his talent for fiction writing as of less importance than his poetry and criticism. His public preferred his detective stories, such as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841), "The Mystery of Marie Roget" (1842--1843) and "The Gold Bug" (1843); and his analytic tales, such as "A Descent into the Maelstrom" (1841), "The Black Cat" (1843), and "The Premature Burial" (1844). His own preference, however, was for the works of the imagination, such as "Ligeia" (1838), "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839), and "The Masque of the Red Death" (1842), tales of horror beyond that of the plausible kind found in the analytic stories. Just as with his poetry, however, readers have been strongly divided in their appreciation of the deeper worth of Poe's fiction. For many, they are at best merely an effective display in Gothicism, good horror stories, an enjoyable experience in vicarious terror, but nothing more. This was the view of Henry James, that other great nineteenth-century master of the ghost story, who claimed that "an enthusiasm for Poe is the mark of a decidedly primitive stage of reflection." But others have found in these carefully crafted pieces something far more profound, a way of seeing into our unconscious, that place where, for a while at least, terrifying conflicts coexist. As Poe so well put it himself in the preface to his Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840), "If in many of my productions terror has been the basis, I maintain that terror is not of Germany but of the soul.
 
Published May 16, 2011 by mantovani.org. 1364 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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LEAD: ANYONE aware of the difficulties of Edgar Allan Poe's life must wish to see his reputation prosper. Yet he alone among the Immortals calls up the sort of smirk otherwise reserved for writers who are not only living but also local. Anyone who confesses an admiration for Poe learns quickly th...

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Elizabeth Bishop's poetry was descriptive rather than assertive, conversational rather than rhetorical, discreet rather than confessional.

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Jeff Willis's punchy cover corroborates this notion of a new Poe for a new era: a raven spattered by explosive bloodstains, as though Tarantino mobsters have blasted their way into Poe's fusty sanctum.

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And sudden / everywhere smudges / of rainbow and shafts / of soft sun backwards / rain over there now / crossing over / the dark blue line - the opposite bank - / and the river / erases it all / the world, all pink, / has dissolved at last / and is going somewhere / under a rainbow, too - " ("Up ...

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And sudden / everywhere smudges / of rainbow and shafts / of soft sun backwards / rain over there now / crossing over / the dark blue line - the opposite bank - / and the river / erases it all / the world, all pink, / has dissolved at last / and is going somewhere / under a rainbow, too - " ("Up ...

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The 19 stories commissioned by Ellen Datlow for the collection Poe are works of mystery and imagination that not only do justice to the author they celebrate, but are fine stories in their own right.

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But more specifically, and as meticulously detailed in Daniel Stashower’s beguiling brew of biography, social history, and thriller, The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder, the Czech writer might just as well have been referring to Poe’s original appro...

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Kirkus Reviews Blog: Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne

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Examiner

Edgar Allan Poe relies heavily on the senses rather than the supernatural to inspire fear in his readers in The Pit and the Pendulum (1842).

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Open Letters Monthly

and given our editor’s main area of interest, it’s not surprising to find a story from Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902’s “The Leather Funnel.” The volume’s two best stories, Le Fanu’s fantastic “An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street” from 1853 and Lafcadio Hearn’s beautiful 1900 stor...

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Common Sense Media

Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe offers a fine representation of Poe's horror stories, such as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," and "The Masque of the Red Death," as well as his early detective fiction ("The Murders in the Rue Morgue") and harrowing adventures ("A Descent into the ...

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Library Journal

VERDICT In her third novel (after the Edgar Award-winning Bent Road and the Edgar-nominated Until She Comes Home) Roy describes life on a lavender farm in rural Kentucky in vivid detail, and the mystery of what happened years ago will keep readers engaged until the end.

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The New York Review of Books

Each print has an approximate image size of 7-1/2" x 10-1/2", is printed on heavy white archival paper, and comes in a matte black wood-composite 12" x 16" glass frame with an off-white acid-free archival mat.

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The New York Review of Books

Each print has an approximate image size of 7-1/2" x 10-1/2", is printed on heavy white archival paper, and comes in a matte black wood-composite 12" x 16" glass frame with an off-white acid-free archival mat.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

I remember that Poe had a dread of being buried alive and dreamt about that so maybe that's why he wrote about walled up bodies!

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Released in time for Halloween, Arrow Video is pleased to announce the special edition box set, Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci, featuring stunning new 2K transfers of two gothic, gory and totally original adaptations of Poe’s famous yarn The Black Ca...

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Patrick Lewis in Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems rewrites classic poems to add math problems.

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ForeWord Reviews

Confusion as well as mystery surrounds Poe’s death, and Walsh builds his case against the three brothers by first exploring the established details surrounding the demise of the famous writer: Poe leaving Richmond to give a lecture in New York City, but being found nearly dead several days later,...

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but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence — whether much that is glorious — whether all that is profound — does not spring from disease of thought — from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."

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but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence — whether much that is glorious — whether all that is profound — does not spring from disease of thought — from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."

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