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The Complete Stories and Poems

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This single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history.
Hardcover, 821 pages
Published August 15th 1984 by Doubleday & Company, Inc. (first published 1849)
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Sean Barrs
I’ve been reading this book for almost three years and it feels so good to finally have finished it!

I was surprised by what I found in here. Poe was slightly different to what I thought. He is very much shrouded in shadow and the macabre, at least, his more successful stories and poems were. But there were also some very basic stories in here, some that felt like they weren’t even written by the same person. For every great piece of literature, there were two mediocre ones. I disliked the crime
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to know exhilaration without being immersed in disgust.
How could I not love this book? Shortly after reading Poe's complete works as a teenager, my family was transferred to Fort Monroe in southern Virginia. While waiting for permanent housing, I ended up staying in the house (and the very bedroom) that Poe had been in while he served on the base. Pulling out this book and reading it in the very space where Poe had suffered through depression and anxiety was exhilarating. While I realized the morbid nature of my glee, it somehow seemed appropriate a ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The macabre and gruesome gothic style of Edgar Allen Poe is timeless and the author holds his place as one of the greatest horror authors. Ever! There are various collections of Edgar Allen Poe available, providing complete coverage of his short stories, poems, essays and his novel. This latest collection, The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, provides an introduction from Daniel Stashower who gives a very interesting overview of Poe’s life and his bizarre and unsettling deat
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the only books I have left that belonged to my grandfather and it's one of the best. It contains stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe. Sections include: Tales of Mystery and Horror, Humor and Satire, Flights and Fantasies, The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym of Nantucket, and many poems including Annabel Lee, Alone, and my favorite, A Dream Within a Dream.

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I'm going for a 3.5 stars. I must be the only person in the known world that hasn't 5 starred Poe. I figured I would be a 5 star.

Either way, I'm just going to list the stories and poems I did enjoy. Although, I can't read my handwriting so now I have to go through the book. Well, I guess I could just look at the Contents at the front. Duh, if I can still read my handwriting. I don't know why I wrote it on freaking post-its!


1. The Murders In The Rue Morgue
2. The Mystery of Marie Roget
Brett C
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic-horror
I really enjoyed these creepy, gothic, and thrilling short stories. Edgar Allan Poe really was original and ahead of his time in writing. The storytelling and his ability to paint a picture with words is fantastic. These stories are tales of tragedy, woe, despair, and typically do not end well. All the stories are creative and enjoyable. Some that stood out to me were the:
'The Masque of the Red Death' were time and death are inevitable for all

The Gothic masterpiece of with a supernatural-horror
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gothic
I've reviewed the tales I read by their individual titles, and I won't repeat my reviews here. Let me just say that Poe is an under-appreciated master. Not just under-appreciated by many readers today, for whom he's synonymous with being a sort of proto-schlock-horror writer, but under-appreciated by readers and even famous writers of his day. Henry James infamously said that "[a]n enthusiasm for Poe is the mark of a decidedly primitive stage of reflection." Granted, James was young at the time, ...more
Fabian {Councillor}
Reading "The Complete Stories and Poems" will be a hell of a time-consuming project, but as I can feel honored to call Edgar Allan Poe one of my favorite authors, the only option to give his writing abilities justice is to read his stories and poems in their entirety. My intention is to update this review with my thoughts on all the stories and poems Poe has ever written constantly until I've completed my way through (however, I'll probably not always add it to my update feed in order to not spa ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exercises in Genre and Style

I was never exposed to Poe in my schooldays, but I later became aware of his reputation.

I didn’t know anything about his writing, except that I expected it to be a kind of guilty pleasure.

Apparently, I decided to address my ignorance in 1983, when I bought a second hand hardback copy of his complete tales for a bargain price of $1. Unfortunately, I didn’t take the step of reading it until now, when I chose it as one of three books that I planned to read on an overseas
Vit Babenco
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories are the tales told by the raven on the longest winter night long after midnight…
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Though it is impossible to name the most favo
Johann (jobis89)
"Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door - only this, and nothing more."

312 days later and I have completed this mammoth collection of Poe tales and poems. Considered to be the master of tales filled with mystery and/or the macabre, Poe delivers a range of short stories and poetry that are all contained within this collection.

My rating for this collection may seem harsh, but let me explain... When Poe is good, he is GREAT. But when he is not... it is torture and absolutely unb
Manuel Antão
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1992
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Peering at the Self: "Complete Tales & Poems" by Edgar Allan Poe

(Original Review, 1992-12-16)

Can a reader in this and age fully appreciate Poe? Maybe the age of the reader is significant - I first encountered Poe over four decades ago - in the sense that time on the planet, life lived, experiences felt and understood, are part of the maturing process essential to entering Poe's visions and dream-states. Some of the comments I’ve read e
Bailey Jane
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, young adults, college, men, women, adults
Recommended to Bailey Jane by: Jane Sherry
Definitely not light reading, but perfect for the fall and winter. My grandmother bought this leatherbound collection for me when I was 12 or so and it took me 5 years or so to read it in its completion. I have to be in the mood to read Poe, but when I am it's the best reading in the world. Very dark and poetic. Great stories, and each story is just short enough to maintain attention span. I recommend this to anyone who appreciates a challenging read.
Joe Valdez
I feel like I need to post a letter to Edgar Allan Poe explaining that it's time we started seeing other people. It's for his own good as well as mine. I can see we just want different things in a relationship. I cracked open this comprehensive collection of Poe's stories and poems right after New Year's. It's been five months. The snow has melted. Summer camp is about to begin for Lumberjane Scouts. Campfires are being built and eerie stories are to be shared in the dark, but after reading two ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Master himself

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind bl
John Wiswell
May 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror readers, horror writers, poetry readers, gothic readers
Holy crap, it’s a brick of brilliance! This doorstop-sized volume contains the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe. The poetry, the essays, the short stories – you got it here.

Holy crap.

Pick this up and skim a few of his works and you’ll know whether or not you want it. If you’re studying authors, though, why wouldn’t you get this? It gives you unparalleled access to the complete artistic thoughts of one of America’s most important early writers.

In reading this I was surprised by how many good one
J.G. Keely
Not many people outside of literary study or detective fiction fandom realize that the character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Poe's Dupin. Dupin was the brilliant and insightful idle noble who occasionally aided the authorities in particularly difficult cases. However, unlike Holmes, Dupin took it up merely as a hobby, mimicking Holmes' brother Mycroft.

I'm not fond of Poe's poetry. Emerson's leveling of 'Jingle Man' is appropriate. Poe puts sounds together, but usually says very little wit
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure how screwed up Mr. Poe really was as I have read that a lot of the criticisms of him were exaggerated. But screwed up or not the man could write. Fears and tears all are here for the reader.

I love Poe's writing. He's a voice that edges at times on madness (The Fall of the House of Usher) and sometimes IS the voice of madness (The Tell Tail Heart). Unlike the madness we find in H.P.Lovecraft Poe writes the actual man's madness. The madness of revenge for what may be a real or imagine
Bionic Jean
The samples here are of stories which we would now class as "horror" or "suspense", but which Poe submitted to the public mainly as essays.

The Premature Burial (1844) by Edgar Allan Poe purports to be a factual account or essay. It tells of several cases where a person suffering from catalepsy was buried alive, some of which were discovered in time, some not. There is a strong attempt on the part of the narrator to convince the reader that, "truth can be more terrifying than fiction," in order
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-10, top-20
Love, love Edgar Allan Poe. There is not a single thing from him which is not perfect. However, the Raven is my favourite.
I still remember a paper I wrote about in High school when I compared the differences between the original and the different Czech translations.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Poe has an impressive, comfortable grasp of vocabulary and sentence structure, but like King, one sentence often equates to one paragraph. The first story to catch my interest was 100 pages in-The Gold Bug, a brief tale of treasure hunting. This was soon followed by Marie Roget. For those of you who find this tale of interest, check out The Beautiful Cigar Girl, a nonfiction account of Mary Rogers' death and investigation, as well as An American Tragedy, a fictional rendering of a crime based on ...more
K. Elizabeth
Poe is an amazing writer - no doubt about that - but I'm not a fan of all of his stories and poetry, so 4-stars it is.
Valerio Gargiulo
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best collections of Edgar Allan Poe’s literature. There are a ton of tales in this volume. Some of them are horror classic short-stories. However, Poe’s macabre settings engage you from the first page.
Emm C²
A lasting piece of written silver and obsidian, still as dark and haunting as it was over a century ago. Poe's influence is as far-reaching as that of the thematically similar Grimms or even Carroll's Alice. The ghosts and creatures of his imagination still float powerfully through the culture, and continues to earn respect for horror and poetry as literature.

His stories explore primal and preternatural fears with wit and eloquence. Being trapped, being driven to insanity and not knowing if the
Ashley Daviau
It feels like such a huge accomplishment to finally have knocked Poe’s complete works off my TBR! I read a couple Poe stories in high school and college as I'm sure most everyone has but this is the first time I take a complete plunge into his work. And I have to say, I’m mildly disappointed. When Poe is good, he is GREAT. But a great majority of the stories were only mediocre and quite a few were downright tedious and bored me to tears. A seemingly endless story about a man in a balloon? No tha ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me clarify: some of the stories totally deserve four or even five stars. The Raven, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart. These are all famous for a reason. They're fantastic. But let me tell you, the stories you haven't heard of--they are, likewise, unknown for a reason. Oy, the tedium. Poe really really really liked to describe things. And sometimes that's literally all that he did. No plot, no characters, just descriptions. And because he does the macabre so well, it was a shock to the syst ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

The complete tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe is a beautiful collection of stories and poems brought together within this beautiful, gothic book.

Some tales and poems are relatively unsettling but beautiful and so well written.
Edgar Allan Poe formed a new style of writing in his day and his poems and tales have always been a fascination to many. Having never read any of Poe
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry, fantasy
Need I write a review in an attempt to praise this wonderful, wonderful man?
Poe is a genius. A total classic in every way - the stories still give me chills! I think my love of Poe will always lie in the beautiful way he writes poems, though. With works such as 'Israfel' and 'Annabel Lee' how could it not? Those days I spent idolising him in senior school were days well spent; a total masterpiece.
Elizabeth Pyjov
'' If I felt any emotion at all, it was a kind of chuckling satisfaction at the cleverness I was about to display in extricating myself from this dilemma; and I never, for a moment, looked upon my ultimate safety as a question susceptible of doubt''

♫ "He finally made me a low bow and departed, wishing me, in the language of the archbishop in "Gil Bias," beaucoup de bonheur et un peu plus de bon sens"

My favorite quotes about Edgar Allan Poe: (there are a lot, but I found them very interesting, w
Zachary Johnson
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I became a slight reader, I had heard people talk of the Great and Horrid tales of a mad man at a typewriter. I always was told that I couldn't grasp the severity of the dark stories of this man. But, here I am. I have changed a lot since the times that I read books just to fill book reports. I feel bad about all of the times that I skimmed paragraphs of detail just to get to the dripping dialog. But here I am.

I know I sound like a drama queen in the paragraph above, but I feel like
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