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The Complete Works

4.51  ·  Rating Details ·  4,740 Ratings  ·  122 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.
Feb 16, 2009 Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2010 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of gothic horror,antiquarian and good writing!
Interestingly I have this book although mine is called The Penguin Tales and Poems,published by Bloomsbury Books. I entered my ISBN and got this edition, oh well…
Anyway I've only read a few stories so far but what I've read I've enjoyed. Not everyone will want all the poems or non-horror tales like Von Kempelen and His Discovery which is rather long winded and tedious but on the whole, great stuff! Pit and the Pendulumn, The Raven, Leonore and The Tell-tale Heart are superb pieces!
Ashley Logan
Mar 20, 2011 Ashley Logan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 27, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
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.
Apr 27, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
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
Katandra Nunnally
Sep 20, 2011 Katandra Nunnally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, Everyone, Poetry Lovers, Suspense/Mystery Lovers
Shelves: my-home-library
I'm not certain i'll ever read this book from cover to cover, but I refer to it often. Edgar Allan Poe was dauntingly, hauntingly ahead of his time. I'm afraid this still holds evident even today. One of the most prized books that I own. Courtesy of my soon to be hubby and the knowledge he possesses of my inifinite love of books.

My favorite Edgar Allan Poe quote-- All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

See this review and others via my amazon Author profile. Enjoy ;-)
Nov 18, 2011 kenzie rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 02, 2013 Isabelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Juan Carlos Santillán
El principal problema con Poe es que no pasa mucho en sus relatos, que son en realidad, básicamente, largas descripciones y explicaciones pseudo-científicas. Y lo peor de todo es que se dedica a describir emociones, en lugar de generarlas en el lector. Los finales, en consecuencia, resultan bastante abruptos en comparación con el interminable prolegómeno que los antecede, dejando un desagradable regusto a expectativa frustrada. Es necesario el transcurso del tiempo posterior a la lectura para, ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Tess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Aug 27, 2013 Nicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katya Mills
Oct 23, 2013 Katya Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 28, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
David Crisman
Apr 03, 2015 David Crisman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horror that no longer seems horrific by today's standards.
Terrance Zepke
Oct 19, 2014 Terrance Zepke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jaime Pineda
Nov 15, 2014 Jaime Pineda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ap-english
Main character: none available
Theme: this book is so emo, usually love or loneliness and pain and darkness and suffering and swag money
Dec 07, 2014 Chad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Reginald Span
Dec 26, 2014 Reginald Span rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
C.A. Sanders
Apr 02, 2015 C.A. Sanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cody Lakin
Mar 23, 2015 Cody Lakin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Olivia Van
Oct 29, 2015 Olivia Van rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone mature even to understand and wanting to understand
Recommended to Olivia by: Mrs. Jodar- Eng Honors 10 teacher
The short stories within this book of all Poe's work reveal the complexity and depth of the man who wrote them. Short stories ranging from two pages long, to thirty with poems and ballads on the side. This book is filled with so many different types of fiction as well. The spectrum of genres is anything but small. Poe has romantic mysteries, historical fiction, scientific fiction, realistic fiction, and even some astronomical fiction too. 500 pages or so are dedicated to mainly short stories and ...more
Greg Kerestan
Jun 26, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was Poe a master of his craft? At his best moments, this is an undeniable fact... But at his worst, and he was at his worst often, he comes across as a bit of a hack. Few beloved writers in the literary canon are as inconsistent as Poe, with dizzying highs and embarrassing lows. Anyone other than scholars and completists will be best served with a collection of Poe's best stories and poems, but there's much more here; some good, some just pathetic.
n. sadel
May 21, 2016 n. sadel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."
— John Milton, Paradise Lost.

The poem "For Annie" is about a laudanum addict who, once again, obtains his heavenly vision (Annie). It is being told through the addict's thoughts in the present tense. He is not speaking to anyone.

The poem begins with the narrator already having ingested the laudanum. This can be understood by moving the sixth stanza to the beginning: "oh! of all tortures that torture the worst
Greg Santana
Sep 18, 2016 Greg Santana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's strange

The Fall of the House of Usher has quickly become one of my favorite stories. The prose, the plot, the ambience. Try as I might, I can't think of anything better. It's a simple plot, but it's expected from a short story.

But then you have Mesmeric Revelations. Which is more of a philosophical, psychological...discussion? Examinations?

Even The Black Cat bored me a little.

And then you get hit with The Cask of Amontillado. Which is just wonderful!

...I guess I shouldn't expect greatness
Sep 27, 2016 Cobon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madison Lee
Oct 11, 2016 Madison Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allan Poe is a captivating poet. He sways you with his words, words that speak of loss, love, and and loneliness. They linger almost hauntingly. Poe knew how to make chills run up the back of your neck and how to feel torment when only hovering over a book.

I first started reading his work in the seventh grade, and I remember all the moaning and groaning students made whenever we read from him. I never understood what wasn't to admire about his work. Everyone said it was a little dark, but
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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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