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4.42  ·  Rating Details ·  291 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The collected tales of America’s foremost master of mystery and the macabre in one handsome volume - - 67 tales and 30 poems in all. You’ll find such classic tales as The Fall of the House of Usher, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Masque of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum and many, many more. What collection would be complete without the poetry of Edgar Allan Po ...more
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Patience Perry
Feb 27, 2016 Patience Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poe will always be Poe. You either love him or hate him. I,
For one, love him. I enjoy reading all the selected poems and the short stories.
Ian Casey
Nov 18, 2016 Ian Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Note: there is a printing error in this edition. The tale 'Bon-Bon' follows immediately on from 'Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling' on page 568 but does not have a separate title heading, nor does it appear on the table of contents.)

Edgar Allan Poe is five stars by default, so rating his books is more a matter of the qualities of the individual edition itself. This 2011 Collins edition of 'The Selected Works' is an excellent one, and perhaps the best compromise which exists for
Facundo Martin
Aug 05, 2015 Facundo Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is just a hodgepodge of private notes, though anyone's more than welcome to read it, point out mistakes or draw my attention to things overlooked.

For the short stories: One of the most striking things about Poe is his versatility. He wrote satires, adventures, science fiction, horror tales, reflective pieces, philosophical speculations, detective fiction.... Berenice, Morella and Ligeia contain most of what makes up Poe's brand of the macabre.
Bon-Bon and Le Duc De l'Omelette are
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 Ana Mardoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Selected Works of Edgar Allan Poe / 0-517-05358-6

Odds are, you already know whether you like Poe or not, and if you're considering purchasing this volume, you would most benefit from a table of contents. Here is the list of all the included stories and poems included in this collection, listed in order of inclusion:

MS. Found in a Bottle
Some Passages in the Life of a Lion
The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfaall
The Assignation
Shadow: A Parable
Loss of Breath: A Tale Neit
Mar 18, 2012 Madison rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-9-honors
Edgar Allan Poe's poems are dark, meaningful, usually depressing, and thought-provoking. You cannot read them without feeling as if you have just gotten a glimpse of his soul. Though some parts of his poetry were hard to understand, I was able to obtain enough understandable information from it and was I was still able to get the overall idea and feel of the poem. I really enjoyed his poems because each one told a story. All the poems that I have read just have a story behind them, and are craft ...more
Spencer Folkins
Actual passage from the Bio at the first of this book: "In 1942, tuberculosis struck his wife Virginia, like so many others in his past, and in 1847 she died at age twenty-four". This, in my opinion, renders the biography completely unreliable and there absolutely cannot be any inaccuracies, typographical or otherwise, in the bio of any author, nonetheless one as influential and legendary as Poe. This was advertised as a good introduction to the works of the great "Master of Suspense" (I thought ...more
The summer before my freshman year of high school, I eagerly awaited this book, which encompassed twenty-four Braille volumes. I had nothing to do except sit by the pool and read, my fourteen-year-old girl version of Heaven. As irony would have it, the book came in the mail on the first day of my freshman year, when Algebra, Physical Science, and American history beckoned me away. That's why it took five months to finish the book, but twenty-odd years later, I can still remember the haunting lyr ...more
Oct 27, 2010 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who knew that Edgar Allen Poe wrote such delicious satire, as well as the thrillers and detective stories to which we are accustomed? Several of the stories in this collection run in the form of a good Mark Twain story, several are psychological studies (before psychology really took off), many are the dark thrillers, several are detective stories, and of course there is poetry. Such a great, multi-faceted writer.
Melisa Blankenship
I've read most of his stories and only a few of his poems. His stories are classics combining suspense, a macabre sense of justice and poetic story twists. Can be overwhelming if not mixed in with more encouraging literature, though.
Jun 02, 2010 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked a lot of the short stories, but some of them were hard to get through. The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym was okay until the end, and some of the poetry was okay. If I were to rate my favorite short stories it would be a clear 5 stars, but overall the collection is a little weaker.
Sep 22, 2016 Silvia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this was 'The Raven'
Feb 04, 2016 Mina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Poe.
Aug 06, 2013 Stuart is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 17, 2009 Bev rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a good read.
Grace rated it it was amazing
Dec 15, 2009
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Jul 31, 2009 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another great collection of some of Poe's tales
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Oct 26, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Like to read a few of Poe's stories every Halloween. Good stuff!
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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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