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The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan…

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (1914)

by Edgar Allan Poe

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(Original Review, 1992-12-16)

Can a reader in this and age fully appreciate Poe? Maybe the age of the reader is significant - I first encountered Poe over forty decades ago - in the sense that time on the planet, life lived, experiences felt and understood, are part of the maturing process essential to entering Poe's visions and dream-states. Some of the comments I’ve read elsewhere suggest a fidgety class of pre-adolescents who have lost - if ever they had - what might be called attention spans. Then again, maybe Poe is uniquely American and the Europeans cannot fully grasp him.

And still again, here's another giveaway (from a comment):

"I might also see if I can watch a film adaptation of a story" which implies the commenter in question has never seen any of the Poe adaptations or any of the many, many movies inspired, through the years, by his stories; in fact my jaw dropped when I read that deathless line with its implicit admission - "I might also see if I can watch a film adaptation of a story". Wow. Expecting "scares" and "thrills"... my god, does Poe ever deserve better readers than that? OK dear commenter, I suggest forgetting Poe and taking yourself off to see “The Conjuring”, which boasts some excellent jumps, jolts and scares, plus a lovely performance by Lili Taylor. I think you'll find what you're expecting.

And by the way, Poe was also a sly satirist.

I think writing about the social is important, but a good deal easier than writing about the self. Society is sick and twisted indeed, and always has been, likely always will be. Why? It is because we, as selves, are what make society, and we as selves are rather like blind moles, or more on point, the creature from Kafka's Burrow. Poe peers relentlessly at the self, his "I" is almost always the "eye" (most vividly perhaps in the “Tell-Tale Heart”), and it is looking right inside ourselves. Poe ferociously anticipates the world to come, the psychoanalytic, the alienated, and the murderous. His tales foreground the serial killers, drug addicts, pedophiles, neurotics and psychotics, and the like which have become the commonplaces of our modern artistic and social environment. It is people, selves that create, and maintain, society. We can all point out what is wrong with society, but it's much harder to find the wrongs in our beloved selves.

Raskolnikov seems to me as much a petty, arrogant person with the utmost contempt for all things not himself, as a victim of society. Of course, it's a vicious circle, what we are specifically is engendered and perpetuated by specific societies. But in the end it is always the same. All that redemption in Dostoevsky seems rather naive. Going after Poe, is like going after Freud. Of course, individual human pathology is disagreeable, but it is there, and it is what we are. There is nothing we can do perhaps, but we are all responsible for what we all are.

If Poe had had the idea tools of psychoanalysis, complexes, repression, displacement, and so on, all of which would become literary commonplaces in the 20th century, he might not have been taken to task for his style. T. S. Eliot was outraged that Poe said "my most IMMEMORIAL year" (in “Ulalume”), but Poe in that poem, and in stories like “Ligeia”, “Black Cat”, and “Tell-Tale Heart” was inventing memory repression and he didn't have the Freudian term 'repression' to call on.

He is certainly not schlock compared to ANYONE. ( )
  antao | Nov 23, 2018 |
All Poe in one place with a gorgeous cover, what more could I ask??

See full review here - Reviews for each story still in progress
https://gszengarden.wixsite.com/myliterarysoiree/edgar-allen-poe-books-poems ( )
  LGandT | Oct 9, 2018 |
Good collection of Poe's stories and poetry. ( )
  nu-bibliophile | Jun 25, 2018 |
Well, Mr. Poe's certainly a great writer. I really loved reading his short stories. While I dislike most of his early works (except for "The Loss of Breath"), his later works (1839-1849) work on so many levels. It's no wonder that he inspired so many great writers. His Inspector C. Auguste Dupin (featured in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter") inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Poe's "Oval Portrait", albeit short, inspired Wilde's [b:The Picture of Dorian Gray|5297|The Picture of Dorian Gray|Oscar Wilde|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1424596966s/5297.jpg|1858012]. Some stories, such as "Pit and the Pendulum" and "Premature Burial", instill the fear in you. Poe plays with our fears and brings them to life. He's also very good at writing about guilt as seen in "Telltale Heart" and "Black Cat". There are also some weird "experiment stories" such as "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" or one of the best short stories "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" (It could've served as an inspiration for Lord Voldemort's name. Yeah, I know, there is that French word theory)
Poe also wrote about revenge in "Cask of Amontillado" and "Hop Frog"

Other stories worth mentioning: William Wilson (doppelganger story), Masque of the Red Death (unavoidable death) and Gold Bug (treasure hunt).

Now, onto the poems. I really like his writing style. I've already known of "Anabel Lee" and "The Raven", but now I really like "The happiest day", "A Dream Within A Dream" and others.

For years I've known Poe as a poet, but I've never read his stories. Now I believe that he's a better writer than a poet. ( )
  aljosa95 | Mar 27, 2018 |
I've reviewed the tales I read by their individual titles, and I won't repeat my reviews here. Let me just say that Poe is an under-appreciated master. Not just under-appreciated by many readers today, for whom he's synonymous with being a sort of proto-schlock-horror writer, but under-appreciated by readers and even famous writers of his day. Henry James infamously said that "[a]n enthusiasm for Poe is the mark of a decidedly primitive stage of reflection." Granted, James was young at the time, but still, that's no excuse. Even worse was Ralph Waldo Emerson's dismissal of Poe as the "jingle man." These writers (whom I otherwise admire) thought of Poe as immature, but I think they make the classic mistake of confusing the writer with his subject. Poe's characters are often high-strung and immature in their way, but Poe is never without an ironic distance from them. Many of the narrators of his tales are classic "unreliable narrators," and Poe wants his readers to see them as such--to see behind the masks they don--and it's there that his tales gather most force. ( )
  MichaelBarsa | Dec 17, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Poe, Edgar AllanAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, HerveyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
John Grishamsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michael BuckleyAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michael Crichtonsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Neill, Edward H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perry, AlixForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quinn, Arthur HobsonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, Wilbur StewartIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed


Tamerlane by Edgar Allan Poe

Evening Star [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Happiest Day [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Romance : [ AKA Preface, and Introduction ] by Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen : [ AKA To - - - ] by Edgar Allan Poe

Israfel [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe

The Sleeper by Edgar Allan Poe

Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe

The Valley of Unrest : [ AKA The Valley Nis ] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Coliseum {poem} by Edgar Allan Poe

To One in Paradise [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Hymn : [ AKA Catholic Htmn ] by Edgar Allan Poe

To F-- [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To - by Edgar Allan Poe

To F-S S.O-D : [AKA Lines Written in an Album] by Edgar Allan Poe

Bridal Ballad [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To Zante [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Haunted Palace [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe

Dreamland [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Eulalie [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

A Valentine [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

To Mary Louise (Shew) [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Ulalume by Edgar Allan Poe

An Enigma [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

For Annie by Edgar Allan Poe

To My Mother [poem] by Edgar Allan Poe

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

Metzengerstein [short story] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Duc De L'Omelette [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

A Tale of Jerusalem by Edgar Allan Poe

Loss of Breath by Edgar Allan Poe

Bon-Bon by Edgar Allan Poe

Ms. found in a bottle and other stories by Edgar Allan Poe

The Assignation by Edgar Allan Poe

Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe

Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe

Lionizing [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Phaall by Edgar Allan Poe

King Pest [Short story] by Edgar Allan Poe

Shadow - A Parable [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Four Beasts in One: The Homo-Cameleopard [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Mystification [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Silence by Edgar Allan Poe

Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

How to Write a Blackwood Article by Edgar Allan Poe

A Predicament by Edgar Allan Poe

The Devil in the Belfry by Edgar Allan Poe

The Man That Was Used Up by Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion by Edgar Allan Poe

Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Business Man by Edgar Allan Poe

The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

A Descent into the Maelstrom by Edgar Allan Poe

The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe

The Colloquy of Monos and Una by Edgar Allan Poe

Never Bet The Devil Your Head by Edgar Allan Poe

Three sundays in a Week [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

The Mystery of Marie Roget [Short Story] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart (Creative Classic Series) by Edgar Allan Poe

The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

The Spectacles by Edgar Allan Poe

A Tale of The Ragged Mountains by Edgar Allan Poe

The Balloon Hoax by Edgar Allan Poe

The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe

Mesmeric Revelation by Edgar Allan Poe

The Oblong Box by Edgar Allan Poe

The Angel of the Odd by Edgar Allan Poe

Thou Art the Man by Edgar Allan Poe

The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq. [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade by Edgar Allan Poe

Some Words With A Mummy by Edgar Allan Poe

The Power of Words by Edgar Allan Poe

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe

The Sphinx by Edgar Allan Poe

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

The Domain of Arnheim [short fiction] by Edgar Allan Poe

Mellonta Tauta by Edgar Allan Poe

Hop-Frog by Edgar Allan Poe

Von Kempelen and His Discovery by Edgar Allan Poe

X-ing a Paragrab by Edgar Allan Poe

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Poe was born the son of itinerant actors on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Abandoned by his father and the later death of his mother, he was taken into the foster care of John Allan, a Virginia tobacco farmer. Now styled as Edgar Allan Poe, he distinguished himself at the University of Virginia but was equally adept at collecting debts from his assiduous gambling. His stepfather's disapproval shattered their fragile relationship and Poe left home to seek his fortune.

IN 1830 he married his cousin Virginia but despite his prolific activities - journalism, poetry, lecturing, short stories, publishing, criticism, and experimentation with fictional genres, including the detective novel which he virtually invented with the publication of 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' (1841) - he received scant recognition for his efforts until the publication of 'The Raven' (1845). The poem's instant popularity gave him a new visibility in literary circles, but his personal situation remained desperate: poverty, illness, drink and the physical decline. IN 1849 he was found sick, injured and semi-conscious in a Baltimore tavern. Taken to hospital, he lingered on for four days, but he never recovered and on Oct 7th Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40.

He was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters - a genius who, thanks to his dire reputation, was tragically misunderstood during his lifetime. It was not until Baudelarie enthusiastically translated his work that he found a wider audience in Europe, and became not only an enormous influence on modern French literature, but also on the acclaimed work of writers such as Dostoevsky, Donan Doyle, and Jules Verne. This volume not only includes Poe's most well-known works but also over 50 of his poems.
A Collection of poems and short stories written by Edgar Allan Poe.
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