The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters, a genius who was tragically misunderstood in his lifetime. He was a seminal figure in the development of science fiction and the detective story, and exerted a great influence on Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, and Charles Baudelaire, who championed him long before Poe was appreciated in his own country. Baudelaire's enthusiasm brought Poe a wide audience in Europe, and his writing came to have enormous importance for modern French literature. This edition includes his most well-known works--"The Raven," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "Annabel Lee," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"--as well as less-familiar stories, poems, and essays.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1992
Edition: Modern Library ed. --
ISBN: 9780679600077
0679600078
Branch Call Number: FIC Poe 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xii, 1026 p. ;,21 cm. --

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 25, 2014

*Excerpt from "The Raven"* - "While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping... As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door."
Contrary to what many might think, Edgar Allan Poe actually did write more than just tales of terror and the bizarre. In fact, Poe actually had quite a keen sense of humour and certainly wrote plenty of satire, as well as a number of very gripping detective stories, too.
Born in 1809, Poe was one of the very first important, American authors of the 19th Century. It was at the age of twenty that Poe seriously embarked on his goal of becoming a full-time writer.
I think that it's surprising to note that, during his brief lifetime, Poe's writings were more popular in Europe (especially in France) than they were in his homeland of the USA.
Poe's untimely death in 1849 was also something of a mystery. He was found unconscious on a street in Baltimore wearing someone else's clothes. He died shortly after this in the hospital with his last words being - "Lord, help my poor soul."
This impressive volume of collected tales & poems contains more than sixty of Poe's stories and more than thirty of his poems.

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mariaf
Feb 18, 2009

A great read...especially for poets. "The Raven" is one of his best.

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