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In a career that spanned slightly more than two decades, Edgar Allan Poe pioneered the short story as a literary form, perfected the tale of psychological horror, launched the detective fiction genre, and helped to revolutionize modern poetics. The full body of Poe's imaginative work encompasses mystery tales, horror stories, satires, fables, fantasies, science fiction, drIn a career that spanned slightly more than two decades, Edgar Allan Poe pioneered the short story as a literary form, perfected the tale of psychological horror, launched the detective fiction genre, and helped to revolutionize modern poetics. The full body of Poe's imaginative work encompasses mystery tales, horror stories, satires, fables, fantasies, science fiction, dramas, and verse....

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Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems Reviews

  • Bailey Jane
    2019-05-07 15:43

    Definitely not light reading, but perfect for the fall and winter. My grandmother bought this leatherbound collection for me when I was 12 or so and it took me 5 years or so to read it in its completion. I have to be in the mood to read Poe, but when I am it's the best reading in the world. Very dark and poetic. Great stories, and each story is just short enough to maintain attention span. I recommend this to anyone who appreciates a challenging read.

  • John Wiswell
    2019-05-02 14:50

    Holy crap, it’s a brick of brilliance! This doorstop-sized volume contains the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe. The poetry, the essays, the short stories – you got it here.Holy crap.Pick this up and skim a few of his works and you’ll know whether or not you want it. If you’re studying authors, though, why wouldn’t you get this? It gives you unparalleled access to the complete artistic thoughts of one of America’s most important early writers.In reading this I was surprised by how many good ones were in here. Previously I’d been assigned to read the terribly dated and melodramatic or borderline nonsensical Poe classics, like “The Raven” and “The Pit and the Pendulum.” But reading through his works freely I found a lot of variety and interesting stories I’d never heard of. “Hop Frog,” the revenge story of an abused dwarf. “Black Cat,” of a bizarre murder plot. “Annabel Lee,” of a lost beauty and the sea. Gothic thinking, careful plotting and macabre morality for hundreds of pages. Come and get your Poe.

  • ❤Emm❤
    2019-05-06 23:03

    A lasting piece of written silver and obsidian, still as dark and haunting as it was over a century ago. Poe's influence is as far-reaching as that of the thematically similar Grimms or even Carroll's Alice. The ghosts and creatures of his imagination still float powerfully through the culture, and continues to earn respect for horror and poetry as literature.His stories explore primal and preternatural fears with wit and eloquence. Being trapped, being driven to insanity and not knowing if the horror you see is real or hallucination, being face to face with the grim reaper. They are not necessarily formulaic - some begin as an average event and descend so gradually into madness. Some begin on a dark note and only get creepier.Personal favourite is "Masque of the Red Death", about a group of influential and wealthy people sheltering themselves in a ballroom while the town below dies of plague, that is, until the plague himself arrives in person.Some other favourites, "The Black Cat", "The Tell Tale Heart", "Fall of the House of Usher", and "The Conqueror Worm".Most, if not all of these are in public domain, but in my opinion is well-worth having a beautiful bound copy of. I also highly recommend the illustrated editions by Gris Grimly.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-05 14:54

    Let me clarify: some of the stories totally deserve four or even five stars. The Raven, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart. These are all famous for a reason. They're fantastic. But let me tell you, the stories you haven't heard of--they are, likewise, unknown for a reason. Oy, the tedium. Poe really really really liked to describe things. And sometimes that's literally all that he did. No plot, no characters, just descriptions. And because he does the macabre so well, it was a shock to the system to read his other stuff that doesn't fit into that category.

  • April
    2019-05-11 21:43

    Need I write a review in an attempt to praise this wonderful, wonderful man? Poe is a genius. A total classic in every way - the stories still give me chills! I think my love of Poe will always lie in the beautiful way he writes poems, though. With works such as 'Israfel' and 'Annabel Lee' how could it not? Those days I spent idolising him in senior school were days well spent; a total masterpiece.

  • Jean
    2019-05-12 17:02

    The samples here are of stories which we would now class as "horror" or "suspense", but which Poe submitted to the public mainly as essays. The Premature Burial (1844) by Edgar Allan Poe purports to be a factual account or essay. It tells of several cases where a person suffering from catalepsy was buried alive, some of which were discovered in time, some not. There is a strong attempt on the part of the narrator to convince the reader that,"truth can be more terrifying than fiction," in order to prepare the ground for belief in his final example.Nowadays we would probably categorise this condition as sleep paralysis but it was a common fear of the time. Indeed it is one of Poe's favourite themes, as is the crypt. After the careful build-up (view spoiler)[ of"true cases" we are presented with a personal experience. The narrator has lived a shallow life avoiding reality through his catalepsy. He has indulged in fantasies and visions because of his obsession with death, and many precautions were taken on his part to avoid being buried alive. (hide spoiler)] The ending to this tale provides a nice twist. Some Words with a Mummy(1845) was again presented as an essay, but is actually an example of Poe's satirical humour at its blackest. The narrator has overindulged at a dinner he has attended, and retires to bed. He is (ostensibly) awoken and summoned to an unwrapping of a mummy at his friend Dr Ponnonner's house, along with a group of other learned men. There is a careful account of the unwrapping of the mummy's many-layered coverings, (view spoiler)[ followed by the men's use of a"voltaic pile" (an early form of electrical battery) to reanimate it. The enlivened mummy goes on to explain that Ancient Egyptians had a significantly longer life span than modern men, living in total for about one thousand years. Their process of embalming arrested their bodily functions allowing them to sleep through hundreds of years. They could then be reactivated and go on with their lives centuries later. The modern-day men in turn proceed to boast about all the discoveries and progress they expect to have taken place since Ancient Egypt, only for the mummy to counter with his own examples every time. In desperation a trivial contemporary product is suggested, for which the mummy has no counter-suggestion. Having saved face the men return to their homes, where the narrator becomes dissatisfied with his life and times. He considers the advantages of going back to his friend's house to get embalmed for a few centuries - after eating his breakfast. (hide spoiler)]The story satirises both science and knowledge, poking fun at Egyptology on the way. The prevailing attitude of the time was that in the Western world humanity had reached the height of civilization and knowledge due to scientific and industrial revolutions. (view spoiler)[ The mummy is able to prove them mistaken at every point, and that his society's inventions were far from being inferior, and frequently superior. The only progress which is unquestionable seems to be the invention of cough drops. (hide spoiler)] A nice touch is that the mummy of the title is called"Allamistakeo". William Wilson(1839) is a semi-autobiographical story. It takes much of its setting from the early schooldays of Poe himself, referring back to when he spent 3 years at a boys' boarding school in Stoke Newington, London. It is told in the first person; William meets another boy in his school who shares the same name, has roughly the same appearance, and is born on exactly the same date. This other William often imitates the narrator's voice and mannerisms, whisperingarrogantlyin the narrator's ear, making him increasingly uneasy and nervous. (view spoiler)[ The narrator describes his own actions as he tries to run away from his tormentor, but becomes more and more debauched and criminal. The other William is always there insinuating and condemning.There is a growing suspicion on the part of the reader that this other William is a doppelganger, especially since he seems to follow the storyteller around the world dogging his footsteps. Despite the cogent rational descriptions, the narrator seems almost to be haunted by his namesake, and is losing his sanity. It is interesting too that the other William seems to be a better version of himself, as if he is acting the part of his conscience.The final episode describes a murder which then reveals itself as a reflection in a mirror, saying,"In me didst thou exist - and in my death, see how utterly thou hast murdered thyself." (hide spoiler)] Poe sent a copy of this story to Washington Irving, so the ending may well be an homage to a specific story of Irving's, (view spoiler)[in which the main character kills his double with his sword, only to see his own face behind the mask. (hide spoiler)]Thou Art the Man(1844) is an early experiment in what became known as"detective fiction."It is however not nearly as successful as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", possibly because the standpoint taken is that of the narrator seeking to expose the true murderer, so that the element of mystery is missing. It is a tale of a missing body, murder and betrayal; there is a decaying corpse, a case of vintage wine and a certain amount of sleight-of-hand. And somebody near the end pronounces the devastating words,"Thou art the Man!"The Imp of the Perverse(1845) is another example of a story posing as an essay. It is an examination of theories, rather than being heavy on plot. The"imp of the perverse"is a metaphoric spirit, and refers to the urge we humans feel to do something"merely because we feel we should not."The flimsy story describes (view spoiler)[ an act of murder, which was meticulously planned to look like an accident, and therefore would never have been detected save for "the imp of the perverse."The narrator arouses suspicion by behaving oddly, by running around and ultimately by confessing to the murder in a clear and"distinct enunciation."The entire story describes an act of self-destruction, as the narrator was ultimately tried and hanged for the murder. (hide spoiler)] Some critics theorise that Poe was forming an early theory, which was later developed by Sigmund Freud into that of the self-conscious and repression: "We stand upon the brink of a precipice. We peer into the abyss - we grow sick and dizzy. Our first impulse is to shrink away from the danger. Unaccountably we remain…" Five of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories have been reviewed here. I have previously reviewed many others, and those reviews can be displayed by searching forEdgar Allan Poe on my Goodreads shelves.Here are links to reviews of 2 other stories which the author himself presented to the public as essays:The System of Dr Tarr and Professor Fether link hereThe Facts in the Case of M. Valdemarlink here

  • Donald
    2019-05-09 16:55

    Edgar Allan Poe was probably the first writer to truly fascinate me. I remember reading "The Black Cat" and "The Tell Tale Heart" as a youngster and feeling as excited as I felt when watching a classic horror movie like "Dracula" or "King Kong." I'd never read anything like Poe, and I couldn't stop until I'd read all his stories. As an adult, I still enjoy Poe's stories, but understand that he had weaknesses as a writer (little characterization, sense of morbidity and foreboding that demands a finish that often isn't delivered). I think Poe's poetry holds up a little better; the best of his work is as memorable as anything from Keats or Byron. Poe lived the "starving writer" life like no other writer ever did. He was a walking tragedy, haunted by all the dead women in his past, which he pined for so pitifully in his poetry. Living with his mother-in-law after his very, very young wife (a cousin he married when she was 13) died prematurely, Poe barely made enough money to survive, mostly as a critic (he was one of the first celebrated literary critics). Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest literary figures of all time, popularizing morbid tales of horror and inventing the detective story. His strange, unexplained death just adds to his fascinating legacy. His works should be read by everyone.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-05-19 21:43

    This is sort of a "what more can you say" book, it's Poe. I was introduced to Poe when I was around 11 by a (young) school teacher. I suppose I never looked back and in a way it effected my taste in literature as I still like most types of fantasy reads and enjoy what is usually (somewhat loosely) called "weird" literature.Edgar Allan Poe, a man who carved out the classic short story, the classic detective story all the while telling blood chilling stories that have been copied ever since. I have read that a good deal of the "character assassination" of Poe was exaggerated. We know that he was at least emotionally fragile and was shattered by the loss of his wife. More than that and that he was an extraordinary writer I'm not sure of. BUT if you like horror, try. It all started here.

  • Fernando
    2019-04-30 19:01

    "Poe es el escritor más perfecto que he conocido. Nunca se equivocó" - Paul Valéry

  • Peter
    2019-05-03 22:04

    This is a lovely book. Let us not go into detail about the stories and poems we all know so well lets talk about the book.This edition from Race Point Publishing is gorgeous. It is cloth bound, not the kind of rough cloth binding you tend to get from editions such as this but a delightful silk cloth type binding or as my wife described, "a material that would make a lovely dress". There is a wonderful purple silk bookmark inserted, as for the print quality, very nice.The ISBN for this edition is 978-1-937994-43-3.Today is June 21st, Fathers Day. I LOVE my daughters, such taste.Now it is time to read Poe again.

  • Trish
    2019-05-14 15:00

    I don't think I need to say anything about Poe. He simply was/is one of the greatest. What I didn't know but learned while reading this book: he wrote detective stories as well (in fact, he invented them) and I had great fun/thrill reading them. The Raven will always be my favourite poem by Poe, but there are quite a number of others I found in this book that are wonderful as well. By the way, this all-in-one-volume has a beautiful cover, solid binding and although it has 1020 pages it is not that heavy.

  • Nitzan Schwarz
    2019-04-24 17:44

    OMG I HAVE THIS BOOK! IT FREAKIN' LOOKS LIKE A COLLECTIBLE!!~ swooning over the gorgeous edition~IT LOOKS SO PERFECT SITTING ON MY SHELF!AND I PROBABLY WENT BROKE BY BUYING IT!no matter. if there is one thing worth getting broke for - it's books.

  • Sara
    2019-05-06 22:56

    Jumped around to different poems and stories in this huge volume--some better than others, but overall an entertaining read!

  • Cillian
    2019-05-01 21:07

    (Will be updating this review after I finish each story. The updates will include a rating for each story, and, sometimes, a brief impression.)Metzengerstein: ★★★ Although I do dig the concept of a creepy horse that (view spoiler)[materializes from a tapestry (hide spoiler)], the story was too long for what little it depicted; and too short to add more meat and detail to it. A Tale of Jerusalem: ★★Loss of Breath: ★★★★★Only Poe can manage to turn an illogical, absurd concept, into something that, in its own twisted way, makes perfect sense.The Masque of the Red Death: ★★★★★One of my most favourites. This tale is so atmospheric, beautiful, and well-written.

  • Amy
    2019-04-26 15:39

    I am perpetually reading this book, it used to have a big sign on it that said "for really big poops" but it got lost along the way. Although, the spirit of the book still remains and it lives in the bathroom with its other toilet brethren.All that aside, this book is awesome, it has the good and the bad in one easy to read volume. The poems were stellar, but the stories that are unpopular are that way for a reason. They drag on seemingly endlessly, but I can't give all of them a negative review yet since I haven't read them all. However, so far, unpopular equates to not so awesome...

  • GeekChick
    2019-04-26 16:48

    Though I haven't finished the whole volume, I'm moving it off my "currently reading" shelf because I intend to intersperse it among my other books.I am reading this in preparation for Daniel Pearl's book The Poe Shadow. I loved Dante Club, but it wouldn't have made any sense without having read Dante. So.....Poe is a tad difficult if you're rusty on the Romantic-era English. But once you get past that his writing is masterful and engaging, and creepy!

  • Jeroen Van Sweeveldt
    2019-05-08 14:40

    Rating Poe's entire body of work is not easy. Obviously he is one of the most important authors in western literary history, but Poe is, like all of us, only mortal, and so the quality of his writings ranges from brilliant to terribly boring and everything in-between. It's pretty much like another reviewer of this book remarked: the stories everyone knows about are famous for a reason, while the stories no one knows about are left in the dark for a reason. Reading Poe can sometimes be difficult because, first and foremost, this man displays knowledge of a vastness not often seen in people, and he seems to assume that his readers share his breadth of knowledge: for instance, his stories happen places all over the world, and often he would use words in the language of that particular culture. In other words, you'll sometimes come across a description written in Greek alphabet with no explanation as to its meaning. However, for the people do speak that particular language it can become really fun, e.g. I just loved The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall, which takes place in Rotterdam (Dutch is my native language), with characters including the Rotterdam "burgomaster Mynheer Superbus Von Underduk and his vrow", and it becomes hilarious when Poe starts butchering the language for comic effect: "I told him I would be tender to his feelings - ossi tender que beefsteak" (How to Write a Blackwood Article). Unfortunately, his oeuvre as a whole is marred by some works which can be so boring that they left me wondering what the point was in reading them.That said, I will still give this 4 stars because the stories that are good are really good, and also to acknowledge Poe's impact on the literary world - he arguably invented the detective genre with The Murders in the Rue Morgue and the science-fiction genre with The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall. Poe seems to be chiefly known for his unsettling horror stories (even today The Black Cat is thoroughly disturbing), but he deserves credit for being a very versatile writer; his genres span, aside from the aforementioned horror, sci-fi and detective also adventure and comedy.To conclude I will list my favourite (top of my head) stories/poems:- The Raven- Annabel Lee- The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall- How to Write a Blackwood Article- Never Bet the Devil your Head- The Masque of the Red Death- The Pit and the Pendulum- The Black Cat- The Spectacles- Some Words with a Mummy- Hop-Frog- "X-ing a Paragrab"

  • Andre Odysseus
    2019-04-30 19:54

    Edgar Allan Poe, in my humble opinion, is the greatest horror writer of all time.He doesn't only care with the story (that most horror writers nowadays only care about), he is a master of structure and writing as well. It makes you cringe, not exactly by what he is saying to you, but the way he tells it. Going from poetry to prose, you will feel that you are in Poe's world. You will be waiting to be taken to the realm of the dead by the raven, you will be dancing in a ball with the masque of the read death, and be taken to places where horror reigns. It is spectacular, and totally worth your time.Amazing the way Poe deals with writing, form and structure. A great example of this is The Pit and the Pendulum. The way it is written, it has a cadence that follows the pendulum.This is great, and you all should read it.

  • Malak Alrashed
    2019-05-20 14:54

    Poe is a weirdo writer and I am all over weirdos, specially brilliant ones. His poetic gothic writing is so hunting and beautiful, the way he describes things and people is just amazing, although he has this thing where he loves to challenge the readers not to use a dictionary pretty often, but you'd never hate him for that because his words are all sentimental and idealistic and somehow you will feel smart reading them..Okay, "the tales part", well... The Fall of House of Usher is my favorite; I could relate a lot to how the narrator feels toward this creepy, gloomy dark house, which makes me wonder if the House of Usher is not a mere house, but maybe a state of being, like some sort of heavy weight pressing down one's chest. From the very start of the story, the narrator describes the way he feels as well as the things he observes while approaching the house, Poe uses such poetic, complex, deep words to describe this. Take a look;“During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible. I looked upon the scene before me—upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain—upon the bleak walls—upon the vacant eye-like windows—upon a few rank sedges—and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees—with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium—the bitter lapse into every-day life—the hideous dropping off of the veil. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart—an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime."This whole gothic themes, and the sadness, Poe puts you in is scary. I mean the power of words, people. I could take out that quote and compare it to a five hundreds pages written book and yet Poe would still win with just that quote. Gotta love him.When it comes to his poems, there are few ones that I genuinely loved, and others that I could not understand. My favorites: A Dream Within A Dream, Tamerlane, Annabel.. and so many more. On a side note, I was REALLY astonished of how Poe was influenced by so many Islamic\Quran themes. Great book.

  • Becky
    2019-04-27 18:50

    Just purchased this book to replace a collection lost long ago after one of various moves... It will be delivered Wednesday! I am looking forward to this book immensely... I haven't ready any Poe in so long, I imagine reading this will feel a bit like sliding your feet into a pair of warm slippers after standing in strappy stiletto heels for 18 hours... *sigh*

  • Thalia
    2019-05-04 20:59

    Read the review on my blog:http://thaliasbooks.tumblr.com/post/6...

  • Stefan
    2019-05-16 17:06

    Poe is so dark, he makes my coffee look pale.

  • Laurali Star
    2019-04-23 20:54

    I've always been interested in the dark side of poetry so when I saw a copy of this Edgar Allen Poe poetry book at the local Barnes & Noble, I had to get it. My daughter Chloe and i like to read poetry and short stories on the front porch and we really took our time with this one, enjoying it. Edgar Allen Poe speaks to the dark side in humans, that side that most of us are afraid to play with. His writing reminds me of graveyards, Halloween, and goth of a different era, therefore making it timeless. I highly recommend this work of art if you enjoy poetry and writing with a razor sharp edge!

  • Eve Kay
    2019-05-07 16:39

    Reading Poe seems to be a Halloween thing for me these days having already finished another complete collection of his short stories once. I was intending to read some of the lesser known (for me) works of his this time but once I had my hands on this volume I went straight to the golden oldies. I guess I look for things like quality, trust, something like 'homely', in Poe. Good quality writing I can trust to deliver every time that feels like home because I've been there before with Poe. I just HAVE TO point out that I absolutely hated the introduction of this specific volume. It just feels so pretencious to me I couldn't finish it whereas normally I like to read introductions to famous works to see if I learn anything new. That doesn't take away any stars though.

  • Ed Correa
    2019-05-05 20:06

    Tras dos años de leer a ratos, finalmente acabo por leer esta compilación tan exhaustiva de todos los trabajos de Poe. Quizá se trata de una especie de sobredosis pero me parece que sus cuentos, poemas y demás deben disfrutarse en pequeñas cantidades, la atmósfera de cada ambiente creado por el autor termina siendo demasiado densa para estar tan cerca la una de la otra. Es una lectura lenta y técnica, en un inglés para nada moderno (lógicamente) y aunque la recompensa es buena estoy casi seguro de que lo volveré a disfrutar en cuentos coleccionados de forma individual. Una antología de Poe... nevermore.

  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
    2019-05-08 20:05

    When I spotted this big behemoth of a book, I flipped! Edgar Allan Poe is the only type of literature I enjoyed in high school and I am so happy to now own a book full of his work and you can't go wrong with the beautiful cover!

  • Otto J.S. Laari
    2019-04-19 16:47

    Stories: 8/71 Poems: 3/64The Purloined LetterThe Gold BugThe Black CatThe Fall of the House of UsherThe Facts in the Case of M. ValdemarThe Murders in the Rue MorgueThe Pit and the PendulumThe Cask of AmontilladoHymn*Enigma*The Raven*

  • Aurora Dimitre
    2019-05-04 15:05

    -Not going to rate/review this because how can you really & also it was read for research.-

  • Melissa Chung
    2019-05-01 18:40

    My first taste of poe was in 7th grade we had to memorize the Raven I fell in love and wrote the first few paragraphs everywhere lol.

  • Kimley
    2019-04-26 16:50

    I've read quite a lot of Poe's work already but not everything. I need to read it ALL!