I really enjoy visiting this book from time to time. Just think: all of Poes great short stories and poems in one volume. The down side: the print size in this two-inch thick book is VERY tiny. So, if you're reading vision is not great, you may want to try a less comprehensive collection.
I've been a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan for a long time and believe he's one of the greatest authors ever. While not having this exact edition, I have one similiar. Knowing it contains all his stories and poems, you definitely can't go wrong picking this book up. It'll keep you busy for a long time. Want a tale of mystery, deduction? Flip to "The Gold Bug" or "The Murders in the Rue Morgue". Horror? "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Oblong Box" will fit the bill. Imagination? "The Island of the Fay", "The Sphinx". Satire and Hoaxes? "The Devil in the Belfry", "Mystification" and "Loss of Breath" for starters. These few stories are just the tip of the iceberg. Don't forget all his poems, including the classic "The Raven". "Alone" is another of my favorite poems. Poe is a master of storytelling and this book will show it. Highly Recommended.
Discovery is one of the greatest thrills of reading, and if you think you have a fairly sufficient understanding of Poe from only such works as "The Raven" or "The Tell-Tale Heart", think again. After reading this volume I was impressed at the breadth of Poe's work. His most famous works,I have deciceded, are certainly NOT his best ones. Incidentally, this means that if you love Poe, you may grow to love him more. If you are even somewhat attracted to the uncanny aspect of his stories, behold his lesser known and far stranger works. Poe's Victorian attachment to exacting detail makes several of these stories quite gripping. His odd imagination comes to life most vividly in his humor. Yes, Poe wrote humor! Try "the Angel of The Odd", "The Scythe of Time, "The Imp of the Perverse", "The Devil in the Belfry", or "Never Bet the Devil Your Head". After finishing some of these works, you'll wonder why your high school teachers assigned the blandest of his selections, leaving you with what you may soon consider to be a rather shallow appreciation of his writing. To label Poe as merely a horror writer is akin to labelling Thomas Jefferson as a farmer. Discover an American macabre genius all over again: revel in his irony and his wit. Buy the book, light up a fire on a crisp autumn night, and experience the complete Poe.
This book is one of the most worthy I ever bought. Besides having a great binding, it allows you to read ANY of Poes's works in a single volume. It will surely keep you entertained for a long time. The only complaint I have is that "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" had its preface omitted, and if someone reads the narrative without having read the preface before, it will not make much sense in the end, I believe.
This is a wonderful book. It showcases the tales of terror that have enthralled readers of horror for generations. It's a pity that Poe doesn't get the credit he deserves. After all, he was the creater of the detective/mystery. Just read the Murders Of The Rue Morgue,etc. But what I love best about Poe's stories are the psychological tales of horror that he penned. He gave us insights into the dark places of the human psyche. One only has to contemplate the inner meanings of his tales to get at their hidden symbolism,e.g. The Black Cat or William Wilson. He is an early explorer into the riddles that later on influenced Dostoyevsky and Freud. Read this intriguing book and judge for yourself. And be thrilled as no writer has ever thrilled you before. Quote the raven evermore!
Das ideale Buch zum Busfahren, das komplette Werk von Edgar Allen Poe für kleines Geld. 66 Kurzgeschichten und 55 Gedichte vom Erfinder des Horrors. Die meisten Geschichten sind 2-10 Seiten lang, genau richtig für unterwegs. Interessante Einblicke ins frühe 19. Jahrhundert, die auch heute noch erschreckend sind. Viele Ideen wurden von späteren Autoren wieder aufgegriffen aber dies ist das Original vom Meister. Absolut lesenswert!
Wonderful book! Poe is absolutely brilliant. I saw some of his manuscripts at the Morgan Library in Manhattan a few months ago. If you have the chance to visit the Morgan, GO!!! I got chills when I viewed Poe's actual handwriting. He would paste papers one on top of the other and then write---these works were almost 6 feet long! Indeed, an odd man, a man that I would have LOVED to have met. Go ahead and buy it, his work is priceless.
Hi, hab das Buch bestellt und es sollte ein Geschenk für jemanden sein, jedoch war das Cover an verschiedenen Stellen etwas beschädigt, und als Geschenk hätt sich das nicht so schön angesehen. Das Buch selbst war aber einwandfrei. Hab einen Ersatz angefragt und hoffe das diesmal alles ohne Kratzer ankommt^^
Poe is, without a doubt, one of the greatest writers ever to have lived. This book is excellent, and worth absolutely every second spent reading it. My personal Poe favorites: The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, Eldorado, and, of course, The Raven.