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This gorgeous anthology features 29 of Edgar Allan Poe's tales of the fantastic and the macabre. It combines some of his most popular stories — including "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" — with lesser-known gems. Illustrated with 8 full-color plates and 24 full-page drawings filled with brooding eroticism by Harry Clarke, a brilliant Edw ...more
Hardcover, 413 pages
Published September 25th 2008 by Calla Editions (first published 1849)
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Mohammed Arabey
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's unfair to just burying Poe in the "Horror" tomb, with a Raven & a Black Cat..

Reading this volume I really see how HUGE his imagination was, how it was ahead of his times.

From traveling over the ocean by a air transportation... or to the moon..

Or inventing the first Detective story ever..

Or his delving into the matter, death, soul, mind and even God and free well by hypothesis.

Or of course, the delving into the man's Conscience, guilt and self-destruction..

There's even kind of Romance, F
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Warwick



I remember visiting the Edgar Allan Poe museum the last time I was in Richmond, Virginia. At the time I don't think I had read any of his work, except perhaps The Raven. The museum was a creepy place, as you might imagine, with a lot of dark wood and eerie pictures and a strange garden that seemed to be in permanent shadow. It was a strange place and he was a strange man – a hard writer to pin down: distinctly American, but hugely influential in European letters; not technically a very brilliant
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Edgar Allan Poe
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: اول دسامبر سال 1993 میلادی
عنوان: ماجراهای شگفت انگیز؛ نویسنده: ادگار آلن پو؛ با مقدمه: شارل بودلر؛ مترجم: پرویز شهدی؛ تهران، پانوس، 1371، در 400 ص، چاپ دیگر: تهران، فرهنگ جاوید، 1390، در 380 ص؛ شابک: 9786009158591؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 19 م
کارهای پو، همه دلفریب هستند. نخست انگار میکنید گردبادی در راه است، آنگاه تنها نسیمی بر شما میوزد. باور میکنید مسئله جدی ست، سپس درمییابید ماجرا بر روی پایگاه خیال آرمیده
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A. Dawes
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This will be another ongoing review, as I've been doing with collections and anthologies. Poe has always mesmerised me in terms of his influence on writers and the short story genre at large; his poetry is also both haunting and relatively accessible. This collection was given to me in hardback, 31 years ago. Its pages are now yellow and aged, but the contents within are better than I remember. If you're patient with Poe, I think you'll find he's very rewarding in return. If you rush through and ...more
Foad
ادگار آلن پو در ایران بیشتر به واسطۀ چهار پنج تا از داستان های خیلی معروفش (گربۀ سیاه، نقاب مرگ سرخ، قلب رازگو، سقوط خاندان آشر و...) شناخته میشه. این کتاب مجموعه ای از داستان های کمتر شناخته شدۀ پو در ایرانه. هر چند بعضی از داستان های این مجموعه هم جزء داستان های کلیدی پو هستن. مثل دو داستان اول (جنایت در کوی غسّالخانه، و نامۀ گمشده) که کارآگاه آگوست دوپن رو برای اولین بار معرفی می کنن. کارآگاهی که بعدها منبع الهام برای خلق کارآگاه های دیگه، مثل شرلوک هولمز، پوآرو شد.

جدای از این دو داستان، چند
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Dolors
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of disturbing stories
Recommended to Dolors by: Emilie
Shelves: read-in-2013
"An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day." D.H. Lawrence.

Burying people alive, ghosts, macabre deaths of usually delicate and young women, dark magic, effects of inebriation and hallucination, torture, whirlpools sucking people out of their time, fatal plagues, abnormal psychological states, obsessional behaviors... William Blake in prose.
If D.H. Lawrence was any close to right about his predicament I wouldn't have liked to be in Mr.Poe'
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Magrat Ajostiernos
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Me guardo unos poquitos cuentos para el Halloween del año que viene.... Me parece la lectura perfecta para esas fechas aunque no es recomendable leer tantos cuentos de Poe muy seguidos para no saturar. Distanciándolos se disfrutan y aprecian mucho más, hay alguno que tardaré en olvidar, es un autor que me ha sorprendido mucho.
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Tales of Mystery & Imagination
Since I've written mini reviews for each of the stories I will have them here slightly edited along with an overall rating and review for the collection as a whole.

1) The Gold Bug
A treasure hunt story involving cryptography, directions, clues, skulls, and a lot of digging. It felt like watching Dora the Little Explorer but in a much darker atmosphere. 4 main characters, the narrator, his friend Mr Legrand, Legrand's dog and Legrand's servant, a nigger, yes anoth
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Evripidis Gousiaris
Κάθε ιστορία του σε καθηλώνει σε αναστατώνει και σε ανατριχιάζει!

Οι ιστορίες φαντασίας είχαν όλες την δική τους σκοτεινή ατμόσφαιρα και δύσκολα δεν θα σοκάρουν με την εξέλιξη και κατάληξη τους.

Οι ιστορίες μυστηρίου όμως ξεπέρασαν κάθε προσδοκία μου καθώς διαπίστωσα τελικά ότι ο Doyle εμπνεύστηκε και βασίστηκε για την δημιουργία του Sherlock Holmes, στον C. Auguste Dupin του Poe. Η δομή, η αφήγηση και το ύφος κάθε περιπέτειας αλλά και η ανάλυση των στοιχείων των δύο ντετέκτιβ είναι πανομοιότυπες
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Kyle
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crazy people who think they aren't crazy
Poe is now a household name. An American institution. Everyone knows Poe, though few have really delved into more than one or two of his short stories. I'm also pretty sure he was completely insane. Which means he was brilliant, and everyone should read his work.

As the title of the book says, there are many different stories in here, and admittedly, they are not all of the same caliber. It seems that Poe generally became a better writer as he wrote more and more stuff, and I think his later work
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Katie
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never read much Poe, and I bought Tales of Mystery and Imagination mostly because of the illustrations, but once I started reading I couldn't put it down. The edition I have - and you should have it too - features the original illustrations by the Irish artist (and genius Harry Clarke). His drawings are dark and slightly chilling and enhance the text without distracting from it. Other, more famous artists have tackled Poe (Manet, the father of modern art, was one), but no one has done it a ...more
Sam
I have to open with a confession, for those of you who do not know I am a self-confessed Poe obsessive so there is every possibility that this review is a tad biased. Having said that this collection of 10 tales and poems shows his genius at capturing the darker side of humanity, from the ability to torment and torture to the sometimes unbelievable determination to survive, even when pounding on death's door. This collection includes some of my absolute favourites from Poe including The Raven, w ...more
Claudia
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Acabei! Muito muito bom!
Carmo
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Há que lhe tirar o chapéu; Edgar Aleen Poe é mesmo o mestre do terror. Dono de uma prosa expressiva que retrata de forma eximia cenários de horror e suspense, não descura pormenores a criar ambientes grotescos.
Obcecado pela morte, como se esta fosse o único sentido da vida; não o final de tudo mas sim a última passagem para a eternidade.
Sete contos fantásticos: Ligeia, A Queda da Casa de Usher, A Máscara da Morte Vermelha, O Coração Revelador, O Gato Negro, O Barril de Amontillado. Gostei de tod
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Ana Luisa
Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a great compilation of short stories by Egdar Allan Poe, including some of his most appraised works, like "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"; and quite a few of lesser known - and also great - works, such as "The Colloquy of Monos and Una" and "Berenice". This collection was a good mixture of horror and mystery, and I highly recommend checking out Poe's works if you haven't already!
Yiota Misiou
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Τρείς ιστορίες μυστηρίου του Πόε, σε μια υπέροχη έκδοση. Σκληρό εξώφυλλο και ιλουστρασιόν σελίδες με υπέροχη και απόλυτα ταιριαστή εικονογράφηση.
Πέρασα όμορφα διαβάζοντάς το και πίνοντας τον καφέ μου.
Alicia
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allan Poe es un genio. Excelente libro y genial autor, un libro muy recomendable.
Maria João Fernandes
Este livro reúne um conjunto de contos que, acima de tudo, se debruça sobre o sobrenatural - os fantasmas, a morte - que provoca distúrbios em vidas que podiam ser a nossa.

A primeira história é sobre uma mulher chamada Ligeia. Uma mulher bonita e inteligente, amada por um homem, que deixou viúvo. Este homem sente a dor da perda, mas segue o seu caminho, encontrando outra pessoa. Nesta história de amor e sofrimento, os fantasmas não são assustadores, antes pelo contrário, são bem vindos.

Por outro
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Thomas Strömquist
Partly, but quite sufficiently different selection of Poe's stories compared to Selected Tales, which I also have and re-read from time to time. Absorbing, suspenseful, chilling and very very good!
Mariana
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good. The principles of science methodology and the challenge of moral's limits appears clearly. Strange characters, sarcasm, violence, addiction and fear get together to get you into an atmosphere of the "beyond".
Bárbara Cobain
Últimos dois contos: "William Wilson" e "Manuscrito encontrado numa garrafa" - 3/5.
Mohammad Ali
داستانی نسبتا خوب: "نوشته ای که در یک بطری پیدا شده"، "گرداب مالستروم"، "آدمی کشی های کوچه ی مّرگ"، و "لیجیا"

داستان خوب: "چاه و پاندول" ( هر چند آغازش گنگی و ابهام دارد )

ادگار آلن پو در به تصویر کشیدن فضاهای تنگ و تاریک و ... مهارت ویژه ای دارد. در برخی داستان ها "راز"ها با استفاده از قدرت "تحلیل" - که پو اصرار دارد غیر از مهارت محاسبه ی ریاضی است - حل می شوند اما در برخی همچنان سر به مهر باقی می مانند.

ترجمه عموما خوب است اما در اواخر کتاب ابهام هایی - بعضا ناشی از غلط ها ی چاپی و ... - وجود دار
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Daniel Rios
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poe es el mejor! Esa intriga que maneja para narrar y esa oscuridad que hace sentir es increíble, mis cuentos favoritos, de los 12 que tenía el libro fueron:

1. William Wilson
2. Los crímenes de la Rue Morgue
3. La máscara de la muerte roja
4. El pozo y el péndulo
5. El escarabajo de oro
6. El gato negro
7. El tonel de amontillado

No me sorprende que en su tiempo, Poe fuera tan censurado, su manera de escribir es muy darks haha pero es genial y más cuando de resolver misterios se trata, crea pistas y ac
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Imke
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personally, his hort stories did not entice me that much. Poe Seems to save the weirdest things he could came up with for the shortest ones. I think he shines brighter in his works that contain 10+ pages. I especially enjoyed the detective stories: they are just dripping with gruesome details, which for me, makes it oh so much more enjoyable. This edition of his collected works is just beautiful. The gorgeous drawings and lay-out take the experience of reading this work to another level.
Gláucia Renata
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De preferência sozinho, noite fria ou tempestuosa, música sóbria ao fundo. Está criado um ambiente que irá exacerbar o efeito dos contos góticos de Poe. Aqui estão presentes alguns de seus melhores contos, outros não achei grande coisa. Mas O Poço e o Pêndulo me aflige sempre que leio e O Gato me faz gelar o sangue. Sinistro...
Sarah Alirezaee
بهتر از بورخس نبود، ولی با تقریبِ خیلی خوبی خوب بود.
رازآلودیِ کتابش از جنس فریک لیتریچر یا ادبیاتِ غریب نبود مسلماً، یه طوری بود که آخرِ داستانها مساله حل میشد
البته منظورم این نیست که کاراگاهیطور بود، اما خب به سبکِ بورخس هم نبود که مثلاً با یه چیزِ خیلی عجیب مواجه شی و توش گیر کنی و هیچ وقت نتونی ازش خلاص شی.
شاید بقیه داستانهاش رو هم بخونم.
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Raemly
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Mis relatos favoritos fueron:
1. La máscara de la muerte roja
2. El gato negro
3. El corazón delator
4. Entierro prematuro
5. Eleonora
Joel
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3.5

Lo siento, peor no es un autor que me gustara. Probaré otras historias luego pero la verdad me ha dejado con pocas ganas. Eso sí, hay algunas que valen la pena.
Megan Mertens
Why do I always assume the voice of Robert Downy Jr. when I read Poe?
Sarah Karimia
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
من ایمان دارم تبهکاری یکی از اولین تمایلات جبری بشری است.یکی از اولین کشش ها و یا احساساتی که به شخصیت آدمی جهت می دهد.چه کسی از ارتکاب صد باره ی کار احمقانه یا رذیلانه ی خود در شگفت نمانده ؟کاری که می دانسته نباید مرتکب شود.آیا ما علی رقم قوه تمییز عالی خود باز تمایل به تجاوز به آنچه قانون نامیده می شود و ما نیز آن را به عنوان قانون پذیرفته ایم ، نداریم؟
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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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“To conceive the horror of my sensations is, I presume, utterly impossible; yet a curiosity to penetrate the mysteries of these awful regions predominates even over my despair, and will reconcile me to the most hideous aspect of death.” 9 likes
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