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Stories and Poems (Classic Retelling)
This companion volume to the Tales of Mystery and Imagination contains Edgar Allan Poe's best-known poetry, a selection of his very best stories (many of which originate in 1840s Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque) along with his finest tales from the last decade of his tragically short life. Many of these stories and poems tell of familiar Poe themes of murder, obsessio ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published August 4th 2000 by Houghton Mifflin
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Poe is one crazy dude. His stories are dark and often address some of the deepest passions and evils that humanity experiences. He usually writes in first person, which brings those perspectives even closer to the reader. I liked some of them a lot ("William Wilson," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "Thou Art the Man"), but some of them I didn't really get ("Shadow," "The Assignation"), and some were definitely the result of a major opium trip ("Silence"). My favo ...more
This wasn't exactly the edition I read. What I read wasn't on the list - it was 18 of Poe's best short stories. You do have to pay attention because the language is a bit old world, but what an excellent writer. The short stories reminded me of something you'd see in the Twilight Zone long before TV existed. Favorite stories included The Pit and the Pendulum, The Cask of Amontilliado, The Black Cat, and The Gold Bug. Great read for the Halloween season.
Absolutely loved this book. There were some stories that were a bit tedious to read, but never the less the overall experience was fantastic. He sets the scene vividly and tugs at the heart strings when it comes to love and women. He manages to draw you in and somehow we find ourselves waiting in suspense for the other shoe to drop. I take my hat off to him.
Nov 22, 2014 Hayley rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
The best thing about this volume is that you don't have to flip to the back to read the footnotes, because they're at the bottom. Poe often makes references to contemporary cultural stuff, not to mention his assumption that the reader knows Latin, German, and French -- so this is really helpful. Also, the biographical tidbits really help to put the pieces in context.
my lack of a fifth star is not due to the content, which is outstanding not only for poe's stories but for the background notes and contextual commentary, but because the size makes it inconvenient to take or read anywhere but at home really.
Oct 12, 2008 Angel Early is currently reading it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Edgar Allan Poe Fans Poetry Short Story Readers
It's going to take me awhile to read this book 'cause I'm reading others at the same time & I like to take lots of time & read slowly when it comes to Poe to get the full effect of his writings.
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 hundr ...moreMore about Edgar Allan Poe...