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The Complete Works

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  3,489 ratings  ·  94 reviews
At last, America’s Master Storyteller joins the ranks of Delphi Classics’ scholarly collections. This is the COMPLETE WORKS of the great literary giant Edgar Allan Poe. Why buy any other Kindle version, which will have texts missing? This is the only eBook available with every tale - even the very rare ones - poem, essay, letter and much, much more! Now you can truly own P ...more
Published by J.F. Taylor & Co. (first published 1981)
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Me and Edgar first encountered each other in seventh grade, when I was 13. I think it was love at first sight when we read one of the short story collections. Not only they were morbid and depicted the horrible nature of evil I thought he himself was like one of his tragic characters. This edition was a great chance to finish the rest that I hadn't come across. Illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, Harry Clarke etc.
Dec 27, 2013 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Edgar Allan Poe is a mixed bag for me. The stories and poems that I like, I like very, very much; but there are others that are just yawnfests. Still, this is the definitive collection for all Poe fans, so be sure to check it out.
Rachel Marie
Well fuck. How do i describe Edgar Allen Poe? Guess i really cant. What i CAN say, however, is how amazing he is. His stories are corrupt, depressing, haunting, chilling, goddamn terrifying, and downright inhumane.


If you don't have the time to get off ya bum and read the entire collection, at LEAST read the following:

The Murders at Rue Morgue
The Pit and the Pendulum
Cask of Amontillado
The Telltale Heart
The Raven
Katya Mills
Edgar Allen Poe lived a difficult life, and his suffering informs the darkness of his work. As an author, I believe suffering informs my work. This is not to say you have to suffer to write well. Or that you should look to suffer. We all suffer in our own personal journeys through life, suffering is inevitable. Heartbreak. Fear. Terrifying moments, sometimes. Edgar Allen Poe's writing inspires me like no other. Very concrete. I care about the narrator. I can feel the horror, I am walking beside ...more
Terrance Zepke
Edgar Allen Poe is definitely the 1800s version of Stephen King. What a dark mind! But what great stories comes from it! I'm not into poetry so didn't read much of that section but like his most famous one, The Raven. I read most of the stories. Some are short and some are quite long. Here are favorites: The Oval Portrait, The Oblong Box, The Gold Bug, The Lighthouse, The Masque of the Red Death and The Murders in the Rue Morgue. But be warned! This is a complete collection--everything Poe ever ...more
I started reading Edgar Allen Poe, aged 17, in a rowing boat. No joke. I had a summer job at a vast inland boating lake, and I'd row out to an island and sit there reading EAP. My brother had given me a tiny volume. It seemed a million miles away from my provincial existence, and, of course - it is. Dupin, and all his work, are classics. Prior to this I think I'd read a fair bit of Conan Doyle too, but I digress. I don't see how you could give EAP anything less than 5 stars.
Cody Lakin
What can be said about the works of Edgar Allan Poe that hasn't already been said, and doesn't need to be said?

Hypnotic is the word best used to describe his works. In my copy of his complete words, I leave little marks in the Table of Contents for my favorite poems and favorite short stories (the result being dozens of little asterisks lining the contents page). Neil Gaiman once said that the secret to comprehending Poe is to read him aloud, whether to someone else or to yourself, and once I re
Poe is a brilliant poet, although some of his short stories and poems are quite morbid. They're very interesting, and well written. I really wish that he hadn't died so early in his life, because his poetry was a burst of creative genius.
to read his works now as an adult, sheds new light on his genius. to see such a tormented soul lament his lost love, life and talent. the epitome of not appreciated talent. we will never have another, like him.
Jaime Pineda
Main character: none available
Theme: this book is so emo, usually love or loneliness and pain and darkness and suffering and swag money
David Crisman
Horror that no longer seems horrific by today's standards.
Reginald Span
Awesome way to question one's sanity
Volume One: The two mysteries were interesting, the science fictiony ones a little heavy on the technical aspects (I'm not one of those "science is boring" people but I was zoning out).

Volume Two: This is the one that seems to have all the famous prose pieces (The Masque of the Red Death, The Telltale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, etc), but about half of them were stories I hadn't read before. Definitely has a bit more of the creepy/mor
I was assigned "The Black Cat", "Masque of the Red Death", and "The Purloined Letter" to read for my honors English class. Overall, the poems were written rather well. They were entertaining and original. The author's purpose was clear in his intent to entertain the reader while instilling emotions that he feels into his work. The all of these poems shared a common theme. In each poem, overconfidence and cruelty led to a character's demise. In "The Black Cat", the man is cruel to his animals and ...more

Well... technically this is not the "complete works" of Edgar Allan Poe. It's more like the "almost complete works" of Edgar Allan Poe. There are some compositions of his not included in this book. However, the compositions that EAP is known for & the ones that define him as a writer are in here. I'm pleased with this book's content and price. I think most EAP fans would agree. For those who haven't read much by EAP and would like to, this book would be a good one to do so.

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This book is probably one of my favorite books. I loved how the stories could pull you into the mystery and make you experience every event with clarity. The stories are filled with drama and murder, and sometimes the descripitons are so good that you can almost feel the exact moment. In 'The Tell Tale Heart' when the heart starts beating, my heart started beating to the exact rythym I imagined the one in the story did; ya it's that good. The only downside I can think of is how it was written so ...more
Ashley Logan
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"Astarte's bediamonded crescent
Distinct with its duplicate horn
And I said: 'She is warmer than Dian:
She rolls through and ether of sighs--
She revels in a region of sighs:

She has seen that the tears are not dry on
These cheeks, where the worm never dies,
And has come past the stars of the Lion
To point us the path to the skies--
To the Lethean peace of the skies--
Come up, in despite of the Lion
To shine on us with her bright eyes--
Come up through the lair of the Lion,
With love in her luminous eye
C.A. Sanders
Every reader and writer should read this. He is a true genius, taken from us far too soon.

On an aside, I don't consider Poe to be anywhere near the horror icon that he's become. His poetry is beautiful, lyrical masterpieces. His short stories are pure suspense and mystery (I think his mysteries are even better than his suspense pieces, he pretty much invented the Detective Genre), and he does it all without cheap theatrics like blood and guts.

Writers, pay attention. Read his essay "The Philoso
"Father of the modern mystery, the science fiction, and the horror genres" are just some of the credits given to Edgar Allen Poe. This book would be good for 8th graders and above who enjoy these genres. The fact that it is a collection of short stories makes this book excellent for students who struggle with following the vernacular of classics. The stories are short, so students can be exposed to classical literature quickly and easily. Because the entire collection is over 1,000 pages, teache ...more
FINALLY! I have been reading this book for years, one little bit at a time, and I finally finished. It should be getting 3.5 stars if Goodreads would allow that. The stories that everyone knows are classics for very good reasons. I've never been into poetry but you can't read "The Raven" without feeling that creeping sense of dread. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story that fully engrosses and absorbs the reader and deserves all the accolades it gets. However, there are some stories in this bo ...more
I REALLY ENJOYED REREADING POE. He is an intriguing man and a real trend setter for writing poetry and short stories. The first detective story is his and his unreliable narrator, and his use of ciphers and the ononmatopeia in his poetry is better than anyone's.
Jami Lowe
I'm still reading through his stories and poetry but i thought i should submit something because it's been a while. his stories are usually really weird and twisted, and sometimes the symbolism is lost on me (i will figure it out one of these days) but that's part of why i really enjoy his writings. i don't know if i can pick a favorite, because they all are rather intriguing. 'The Masque of the Red Death' sticks out in my mind though. so, I'd suggest reading that one first. : ) his poetry is li ...more
Claudia Martínez
It was fantastic. I have lost count of how many times I have read The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe.
Munaya Al salhee
When I first picked this book up, I was really excited because it’s Edgar's Alan Poe's book and it’s all of his work, so I was thrilled.

After a while, I got kind of tired and if I’m embarrassed to say a little bit bored.
I believe that was for some reasons, which were:
1- I wasn’t used to the writing style.
2- the font is kind of making me go blind.

Later on, I ended up skipping most of the stories and went straight to the poems, which I fell in love with, especially (The Raven, Annabelle Lee, a
After almost a year, I am so happy to say that I finally finished this book! Of course, the poetry and short stories were pure genius awesomeness, but the critics and letters were hell, and I admit I skipped a lot. Still, I think this edition was really good, with almost no typos at all, which is a rarity for that kind of cheap e-books. Because of the price, because it is so complete, and because I feel like one needs an anthology of Poe's work in their book collection, I would totally recommend ...more
Edgar Allen Poe is an amazing author (my favorite!) and will keep you on a thrill ride throughout his dark tales and mysterious poems. Whether it's in The Raven or The Cask of Amontillado, Poe has a beautiful writing style that paints a dark and sometimes morbid world with his words that leaves my eyes incapable of leaving the page. My taste in literature is very different from my peers however, so one might find the horror and mystery disturbing and not worth the read, but to me, Edgar Allen Po ...more
...creepy...really creepy...
Matt 2D
Edgar Allen Poe (one of my favorite authors), was one of the most famous American authors in his time. He wrote short tales such as, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Fall of the House of Usher,a s well as well-known poems including The Raven and Annabel Lee. If you are a fan of horror and mystery, Edgar Allen Poe will soon become one of your favorites!
Corey Brazendale
At times very heavy but also very rewarding.

Personally I read this over a few months when I was in the right (or wrong) state of mind, which I believe helped me appreciate it more, I think it would be difficult and tiring to finish in the one sitting.

Perfect to have sitting on the windowsill for perusing on those moody, rainy days.
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