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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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Facundo Martin
Actually I've only finished the poems, and —since I guess so much's been said about The Raven from more informed perspectives— this review is a private note of sorts, though anyone's more than welcome to read it, point out mistakes or draw my attention to things overlooked.

When I read The Raven as a kid I found it —I wouldn't say exactly chilling— but moving in some way.
Now I can hardly see anything in it other than an extraordinarily accomplished piece of 'sound play'. You don't see trocha
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
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
Ana Mardoll
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
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.
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.
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.
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Marts  (Thinker)
Another great collection of some of Poe's tales
Always a good read.
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