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The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

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3 August 2020
The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Book Cover The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Fiction
Rock Point
12 May 2020
Electronic
888

Part of the Timeless Classics series, The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe contains every know tale written by the famous gothic American writer. His often macabre and dark works, which span the years from 1827 to his death in 1849, include "The Raven," "The Black Cat," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "Annabelle Lee." For Poe fans worldwide, this stunning gift edition features a gorgeous deckled edge, ribbon marker, and foil and deboss details on a vibrantly colored case. This elegant collector's edition includes over 70 of Poe's short stories, more than 40 melodious poems, and his only full-length novel, The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym. In addition, it also includes a compelling introduction by notable historian and biographer Daniel Stashower. Tales include: The Unparalleled Adventure Of One Hans Pfaall The Balloon-Hoax Mesmeric Revelation Ms. Found In A Bottle A Descent Into The Maelström Von Kempelen And His Discovery The Gold-Bug The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar The Thousand-And-Second Tale Of Scheherazade The Murders In The Rue Morgue The Mystery Of Marie Rogêt The Fall Of The House Of Usher The Purloined Letter The Tell-Tale Heart The Black Cat The Imp Of The Perverse The Premature Burial The Island Of The Fay The Cask Of Amontillado The Pit And The Pendulum The Oval Portrait The Masque Of The Red Death The Assignation The System Of Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether Mystification How To Write A Blackwood Article A Predicament The Literary Life Of Thingum Bob, Esq. Diddling X-Ing A Paragrab The Angel Of The Odd Loss Of Breath The Business Man Mellonta Tauta The Man That Was Used Up Maelzel’s Chess-Player The Power Of Words The Conversation Of Eiros And Charmion The Colloquy Of Monos And Una Silence—A Fable Shadow—A Parable A Tale Of Jerusalem Philosophy Of Furniture The Sphinx The Man Of The Crowd “Thou Art The Man” Hop-Frog Never Bet The Devil Your Head Four Beasts In One Poems include: The Raven Lenore A Valentine Hymn The Coliseum Ulalume To Helen An Enigma Annabel Lee To One In Paradise The Bells To My Mother The Haunted Palace The Conqueror Worm To F—S S. O—D The Valley Of Unrest The City In The Sea The Sleeper A Dream Within A Dream Silence Dream-Land Ulalie To Zante Bridal Ballad Eldorado Israfel For Annie Scenes From “Politian” The Timeless Classics series from Rock Point brings together the works of classic authors from around the world. Complete and unabridged, these elegantly designed gift editions feature luxe, patterned endpapers, ribbon markers, and foil and deboss details on vibrantly colored cases. Celebrate these beloved works of literature as true standouts in your personal library collection.

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The macabre and gruesome gothic style of Edgar Allen Poe is timeless and the author holds his place as one of the greatest horror authors. Ever! There are various works of Edgar Allen Poe available providing complete coverage of his short stories, poems, essays and his novel. This latest collection, The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, provides an introduction from Daniel Stashower who gives a very interesting overview of Poe’s life and his bizarre and unsettling death. His death followed a strange set of events where he was found collapsed outside a tavern in Baltimore and then treated in the Washington College Hospital for drunkenness where he remained delirious and agitated suggesting something untoward happened him, until he passed away, after muttering “Lord help my poor soul.”

Poe’s fascination with dark, sinister tales gives us classics such as The Pit and the Pendulum, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat.

“Down—steadily down it crept. I took a frenzied pleasure in contrasting its downward with its lateral velocity. To the right—to the left—far and wide—with the shriek of a damned spirit! to my heart, with the stealthy pace of the tiger.”
The Pit and the Pendulum

Along with the seventy-three short stories, essays and a novel, he wrote forty-nine poems which were often fuelled with his alcoholism and difficulty in finding a female partner. His poem Annabel Lee may have been inspired by four different women he was with during that period. His most famous poem is the brilliant Raven

“And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted—nevermore!”

The Raven

As a collection this version is complete with his short stories and poems, the introduction provides a fascinating insight into Poe and there is a useful timeline for his works.

My big criticism of this Advanced Reader Copy is that it is only available for the Adobe Digital Editions application or the new NetGalley app, both of which are impossible to read ‘PDF’ files on a smartphone and are not available for the Kindle. I already own a complete set of works of Edgar Allen Poe so for the stories I could switch to that version and use a computer to read the pdf file for the Introduction and other material specific to this publication.

The rating is difficult because for the literary contribution of Edgar Allen Poe it would be 5 stars but for the practical use of the electronic book, it would be 2 stars. I would like to thank Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in return for an honest review.

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Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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