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Tales of Mystery and Imagination

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This gorgeous anthology features 29 of Edgar Allan Poe's tales of the fantastic and the macabre. It combines some of his most popular stories including "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" with lesser-known gems. Illustrated with 8 full-color plates and 24 full-page drawings filled with brooding eroticism by Harry Clarke, a brilliant Edwar

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Warwick



I remember visiting the Edgar Allan Poe museum the last time I was in Richmond, Virginia. At the time I don't think I had read any of his work, except perhaps The Raven. The museum was a creepy place, as you might imagine, with a lot of dark wood and eerie pictures and a strange garden that seemed to be in permanent shadow. It was a strange place and he was a strange man – a hard writer to pin down: distinctly American, but hugely influential in European letters; not technically a very brilliant
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Dolors
Apr 11, 2013 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of disturbing stories
Recommended to Dolors by: Emilie
Shelves: read-in-2013
"An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day." D.H. Lawrence.

Burying people alive, ghosts, macabre deaths of usually delicate and young women, dark magic, effects of inebriation and hallucination, torture, whirlpools sucking people out of their time, fatal plagues, abnormal psychological states, obsessional behaviors... William Blake in prose.
If D.H. Lawrence was any close to right about his predicament I wouldn't have liked to be in Mr.Poe'
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Evripidis Gous.
Aug 16, 2016 Evripidis Gous. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Κάθε ιστορία του σε καθηλώνει σε αναστατώνει και σε ανατριχιάζει!

Οι ιστορίες φαντασίας είχαν όλες την δική τους σκοτεινή ατμόσφαιρα και δύσκολα δεν θα σοκάρουν με την εξέλιξη και κατάληξη τους.

Οι ιστορίες μυστηρίου όμως ξεπέρασαν κάθε προσδοκία μου καθώς διαπίστωσα τελικά ότι ο Doyle εμπνεύστηκε και βασίστηκε για την δημιουργία του Sherlock Holmes, στον C. Auguste Dupin του Poe. Η δομή, η αφήγηση και το ύφος κάθε περιπέτειας αλλά και η ανάλυση των στοιχείων των δύο ντετέκτιβ είναι πανομοιότυπες
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Sam
I have to open with a confession, for those of you who do not know I am a self-confessed Poe obsessive so there is every possibility that this review is a tad biased. Having said that this collection of 10 tales and poems shows his genius at capturing the darker side of humanity, from the ability to torment and torture to the sometimes unbelievable determination to survive, even when pounding on death's door. This collection includes some of my absolute favourites from Poe including The Raven, w ...more
Kyle
Jan 25, 2013 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crazy people who think they aren't crazy
Poe is now a household name. An American institution. Everyone knows Poe, though few have really delved into more than one or two of his short stories. I'm also pretty sure he was completely insane. Which means he was brilliant, and everyone should read his work.

As the title of the book says, there are many different stories in here, and admittedly, they are not all of the same caliber. It seems that Poe generally became a better writer as he wrote more and more stuff, and I think his later work
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Katie
Oct 16, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never read much Poe, and I bought Tales of Mystery and Imagination mostly because of the illustrations, but once I started reading I couldn't put it down. The edition I have - and you should have it too - features the original illustrations by the Irish artist (and genius Harry Clarke). His drawings are dark and slightly chilling and enhance the text without distracting from it. Other, more famous artists have tackled Poe (Manet, the father of modern art, was one), but no one has done it a ...more
Carmo
Jul 13, 2016 Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Há que lhe tirar o chapéu; Edgar Aleen Poe é mesmo o mestre do terror. Dono de uma prosa expressiva que retrata de forma eximia cenários de horror e suspense, não descura pormenores a criar ambientes grotescos.
Obcecado pela morte, como se esta fosse o único sentido da vida; não o final de tudo mas sim a última passagem para a eternidade.
Sete contos fantásticos: Ligeia, A Queda da Casa de Usher, A Máscara da Morte Vermelha, O Coração Revelador, O Gato Negro, O Barril de Amontillado. Gostei de tod
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Claudia
Nov 15, 2015 Claudia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Acabei! Muito muito bom!
Alicia
Feb 22, 2016 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allan Poe es un genio. Excelente libro y genial autor, un libro muy recomendable.
Ana Luisa
Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a great compilation of short stories by Egdar Allan Poe, including some of his most appraised works, like "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"; and quite a few of lesser known - and also great - works, such as "The Colloquy of Monos and Una" and "Berenice". This collection was a good mixture of horror and mystery, and I highly recommend checking out Poe's works if you haven't already!
Yiota Misiou
Jul 30, 2015 Yiota Misiou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Τρείς ιστορίες μυστηρίου του Πόε, σε μια υπέροχη έκδοση. Σκληρό εξώφυλλο και ιλουστρασιόν σελίδες με υπέροχη και απόλυτα ταιριαστή εικονογράφηση.
Πέρασα όμορφα διαβάζοντάς το και πίνοντας τον καφέ μου.
Maria João Fernandes
Este livro reúne um conjunto de contos que, acima de tudo, se debruça sobre o sobrenatural - os fantasmas, a morte - que provoca distúrbios em vidas que podiam ser a nossa.

A primeira história é sobre uma mulher chamada Ligeia. Uma mulher bonita e inteligente, amada por um homem, que deixou viúvo. Este homem sente a dor da perda, mas segue o seu caminho, encontrando outra pessoa. Nesta história de amor e sofrimento, os fantasmas não são assustadores, antes pelo contrário, são bem vindos.

Por outro
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Joel
Jun 12, 2016 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5

Lo siento, peor no es un autor que me gustara. Probaré otras historias luego pero la verdad me ha dejado con pocas ganas. Eso sí, hay algunas que valen la pena.
Daniel Rios
Aug 30, 2015 Daniel Rios rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poe es el mejor! Esa intriga que maneja para narrar y esa oscuridad que hace sentir es increíble, mis cuentos favoritos, de los 12 que tenía el libro fueron:

1. William Wilson
2. Los crímenes de la Rue Morgue
3. La máscara de la muerte roja
4. El pozo y el péndulo
5. El escarabajo de oro
6. El gato negro
7. El tonel de amontillado

No me sorprende que en su tiempo, Poe fuera tan censurado, su manera de escribir es muy darks haha pero es genial y más cuando de resolver misterios se trata, crea pistas y ac
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Gláucia Renata
Jul 15, 2014 Gláucia Renata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De preferência sozinho, noite fria ou tempestuosa, música sóbria ao fundo. Está criado um ambiente que irá exacerbar o efeito dos contos góticos de Poe. Aqui estão presentes alguns de seus melhores contos, outros não achei grande coisa. Mas O Poço e o Pêndulo me aflige sempre que leio e O Gato me faz gelar o sangue. Sinistro...
Leonor Costa
Como em todos os livros de contos, houve uns que gostei mais de outros. Na maioria dos contos fiquei a querer mais, noutros só quis que chegassem depressa ao fim. Uns achei aborrecidos e chatos, outros empolgantes e emocionantes.
Mas no geral é um bom livro, agora só tenho que ler mais contos de Allan Poe (:
Thomas Strömquist
Partly, but quite sufficiently different selection of Poe's stories compared to Selected Tales, which I also have and re-read from time to time. Absorbing, suspenseful, chilling and very very good!
Francisco
Jun 26, 2016 Francisco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: propios, cuento, fantasía
Lo compré porque quería leer a Poe pero no sabía de él, así que no sabía que el cuento como lo conocemos hoy fue iniciado por él. Es un autor que frecuentemente toca temas relacionados con la muerte y la maldad del ser humano. Algunas escenas son espantosas pero (sin ser yo un hombre muy valiente) no es un libro que dé miedo en mi opinión. La mayoría de los cuentos son bastante rápidos de leer, no usa un lenguaje muy complicado ni enrevesado, pero hay algunos que podrían ser un poco más complica ...more
Natacha Cunha
Oct 13, 2015 Natacha Cunha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allan Poe é sem dúvida um ícone da literatura de mistério e terror, com uma extraordinária capacidade de nos transportar para os cenários mais horrendos.
O pormenor com que cada cenário e acção são relatados é de uma precisão incrível, que nos faz crer que somos parte integrante da história. Há situações e atitudes de personagens verdadeiramente sinistras, reveladoras de graves distúrbios da mente. A sua obsessão pela morte é mais que notória, mas também nos oferece alguns contos mais cent
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Mariana
Mar 16, 2009 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good. The principles of science methodology and the challenge of moral's limits appears clearly. Strange characters, sarcasm, violence, addiction and fear get together to get you into an atmosphere of the "beyond".
Antonella

4.30/5


"Nadie se asusta más que un niño; por eso creo que los hombres a veces necesitamos del temor para asustarnos y sentirnos niños otra vez"
-Prólogo de Narciso Ibáñez Serrador


¿Qué puedo decir de esta obra maestra?
Recuerdo haber leído algunas de estas "narraciones" en secundaria como lecturas obligatorias. Si mi memoria no me falla había leído El corazón delator, El retrato oval y La carta robada, aunque el que más me quedó grabado fue el primero, que me había parecido increíble en ese ent
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María Clara
Club de Lectura, Libro #5 Agosto 2015

Yo como siempre no me siento capaz de juzgar a los clásicos pero bueno, estas reseñas me servirán para cuando ya haya estudiado literatura y me haga autobullying.

Gracias a mi profesora Vivi de literatura yo ya amaba a Poe desde séptimo, así que ya estaba preparada para leerlo. Pero con un autor como él cada cuento fue una sorpresa, tanto que ni leía de noche... Sólo por si acaso ;)

Lo único que no me gustó, que no tiene nada que ver con la escritura ni muc
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Marie
Jan 07, 2016 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je n'ai pas aimé de façon égale chaque nouvelle mais j'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à lire l'écriture de Poe (traduite par Baudelaire).
Mohammad Ali
داستانی نسبتا خوب: "نوشته ای که در یک بطری پیدا شده"، "گرداب مالستروم"، "آدمی کشی های کوچه ی مّرگ"، و "لیجیا"

داستان خوب: "چاه و پاندول" ( هر چند آغازش گنگی و ابهام دارد )

ادگار آلن پو در به تصویر کشیدن فضاهای تنگ و تاریک و ... مهارت ویژه ای دارد. در برخی داستان ها "راز"ها با استفاده از قدرت "تحلیل" - که پو اصرار دارد غیر از مهارت محاسبه ی ریاضی است - حل می شوند اما در برخی همچنان سر به مهر باقی می مانند.

ترجمه عموما خوب است اما در اواخر کتاب ابهام هایی - بعضا ناشی از غلط ها ی چاپی و ... - وجود دار
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Zei
Aug 20, 2016 Zei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je dois, après une déclaration solennelle et fervente de ma loyauté inégalée et sans tâche au génie incomparable et aux oeuvres de Poe...admettre que ce recueil ne m'enthousiasma pas autant que ces poèmes lugubre ou ses récuts fantastiques.
Ce Hans Pfaal...Oh mon Dieu j'avais envie de ramener Poe à la vie pour lui demander pourquoi? Après le mystère de la rue Morgue, l'enquête sur la lettre volée, le trésor du scarabée...une vraie horreur ce pauvre Hans.
Mais ça reste du Poe. Même si parfois le ré
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Stuart
Jun 21, 2015 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Lugubrious. I always wanted to use that word, and here, finally, I have a fitting place for it. There is no doubt that literature owes a great debt to Poe. An innovator of and/or inventor of many elements of American gothic suspense; precursor to the detective fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle and simply a good weaver of tales. However, taken collectively in a giant volume, it was too much downward spiral for me. His themes of sadness, revenge, madness, and sardonic bitterness wear one down. Also, h ...more
Molly
Apr 28, 2014 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Este é o segundo livro que leio do autor. Li As Extraordinárias Aventuras de Gordon Pym" e agora li este, que é um livro de contos. Ao todo, este livro apresenta dez contos de Poe, todos com uma temática obscura em que o medo, o terror e a estranheza são presenças constantes.

Como são contos, vou fazer uma pequena opinião de cada um, uma vez que o livro não é todo sobre a mesma história.

A esfinge da caveira

Este conto é muito breve e retrata a estadia de dois indivíduos que partem da cidade de N
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Mohammed
Edgar Allan Poe writing style might be a bit archaic but he is able to write some really great writing. His Gothic horror stories are masterful,unbeatable when its about sheer terror,atmosphere.

C.Augustine Dupin stories are great crime stories. Timeless character,stories.
Saf
Jan 17, 2010 Saf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Contains the best of Poe; all 3 Dupin detective stories as well as the mystery/suspense stuff which he does so well. The introduction is worth a read too.
James
Sep 20, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's almost impossible to review this book, because - now - it's impossible to get the feeling of how it would have been when it first came out one and three-quarter centuries ago. By modern standards, it seems tame, long on atmosphere and short on plot, and above all horrendously pedantic. Many of the stories are twice the length they perhaps should be, by today's standards, filled with asides and unnecessary details. In "The Gold-bug", for example, Poe spends pages explaining how to unravel a ...more
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The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of ...more
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“To conceive the horror of my sensations is, I presume, utterly impossible; yet a curiosity to penetrate the mysteries of these awful regions predominates even over my despair, and will reconcile me to the most hideous aspect of death.” 9 likes
“It is evident that we are hurrying onward to some exciting knowledge—some never-to-be-imparted secret, whose attainment is destruction.” 6 likes
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