Great Short Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Poems Tales Criticism

Harper Collins, 17.03.2009 - 576 Seiten

The classic poems and spine-tingling stories of a Gothic American master collected in one volume.

Of all the American masters, Edgar Allan Poe staked out perhaps the most unique and vivid reputation, as a master of the macabre. Even today, in the age of horror movies and high-tech haunted houses, Poe is the first choice of entertainment for many who want a spine-chilling thrill.

Born in Boston in 1809, and dead at the age of 40, Poe wrote across several fields during his life, noted for his poetry and short stories as well as his criticism. The best of each of these is collected here, including the classic poem The Raven, and timeless stories like The Tell-Tale Heart. In his introduction to this volume, G. R. Thompson argues that Poe was a great satirist and comedic craftsman, as well as a formidable Gothic writer. "All of Poe's fiction," Thompson writes, "and the poems as well, can be seen as one coherent piece—as the work of one of the greatest ironists of world literature."


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Sources and Acknowledgments
Dreams 1827 1828
In Youth Have I Known 1827
The LakeTo1827 1845
Introduction 18291831
To Helen 1831 1845
The Sleeper 1831 1849
The Assignation The Visionary 1834 1845
Some Passages from the Life of a Lion Lionizing
To One in Paradise 18331849
HopFrog or the Eight Chained OurangOutangs
Review of TwiceTold Tales By Nathaniel
The Philosophy of Composition 1846
Excerpts from The Poetic Principle 18481850
Review of TwiceTold Tales By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Lenore 18311843
UlalumeA Ballad 18471849
Eldorado 1849
1832 1836
The Coliseum 1833 1850
Ligeia 1838 1845
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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) reigned unrivaled in his mastery of mystery. Born in Boston, he was orphaned at age three, expelled from West Point for gambling and became an alcoholic. In 1836 he secretly wed his thirteen-year-old cousin. The Raven, published in 1845, made Poe famous. He died in 1849 under what remain suspicious circumstances.

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