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Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque is a collection of previously published short stories written by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1840.
(Worth Literary Classics), 368 pages
Published (first published 1840)
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Jesse
I haven't actually finished this yet, but I wanted to write somethings before they were out of my mind.

His poetry is sooooo good. It's hard to comprehend how someone can sound so inocent and in love, and almost at the same time, so dark and creepy. Truly masterful. A few that stick out in my mind were "The Sleeper" were at first you think he's admiring his lover while she's asleep, only to realize that she's actually dead. "Lenore" was really good and along the same lines. He often seemed bitter
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peyman
The story takes place at the castellated abbey of the "happy and dauntless and sagacious" Prince Prospero. Prospero and one thousand other nobles have taken refuge in this walled abbey to escape the Red Death, a terrible plague with gruesome symptoms that has swept over the land. Victims feel overcome by convulsive agony and sweat blood instead of water. The plague is said to kill within half an hour. Prospero and his court are presented as indifferent to the sufferings of the population at larg ...more
Ewan Velázquez
The collection of tales that introduced me to Eddy and made me fall in love with him.
Mara Amalfi
non il miglior Poe; alcuni racconti, come Re peste, sono vere e proprie perle, altri sono proprio da dimenticare, ho fatto fatica a finirli. Nel complesso decisamente migliore la raccolta dei racconti del mistero e dell'orrore.
Marifer Aldrete
Sacado de la biblioteca debo decir que este libro me alentó para seguir leyendo mas historias de Edgar Allan Poe.
Mi favorito fue Anteojos.
Tocotin
Love the title of this collection, one of the best ever. Remember some of the stories, and some are new to me. As for now, "The Fall of the House of Usher" is my favorite.
And now that I'm finished I must say I like it far less than I thought I would. The scary stories were awesome, and the Hans Pfaal one was good too, but I found the humorous ones a bit wordy and tedious. Also, laughing at foreigners/foreign customs/foreign names is not my idea of fun, so... yeah.
Kate
I think I see why these stories weren't quite as successful as the first volume I read. I mean the first volume had all the classics, all the terrifying and great stuff. The pieces I read in here were certainly well written but not at all what I would define as grotesque. There's some of the magic missing in these ones.
Luisana  Benitez
Bastante genial, Poe escribia increiblemente fancy en sus relatos lo cual amo. Consegui algunos realmente pertubadores e intrigantes y bueno eso es lo que siempre busco en un libro, los cuentos detectivescos (especialmente el escarabajo de oro y los crimenes de la calle Morgue) me parecieron magníficos. Muy recomendable.
Charles
A reprint of Poe's first short story collection from 1840. Excellent.
Blaire
terrible. i couldn't & wouldn't continue past the second story.
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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 hundr ...more
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