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The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  10,194 ratings  ·  391 reviews
No library's complete without the classics! This new, enhanced leather-bound edition collects some of the most influential stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar Allan Poe was a master of tales of the mysterious and macabre. From the eerie incantations of “The Raven” to the persistent fright of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” his stories and poems are unforgettable explorations
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Paperback, 236 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by CreateSpace (first published January 3rd 1846)
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Brian
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I've read too much Poe in too short a period of time when words like adduce and avidity have crept into my everyday conversation. At a Holiday party this week I actually said "That is a capital cheese" and couldn't understand why strangers looked at me funny. Reader beware, a Poe=lit infection is virulent.

If you've spent any amount of time with Poe you'll agree with me that he composes sentences with such a solid structure that if you were to diagram one of them with pointy sticks instead
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notgettingenough
My goodness the man's so modern, the following is written in 1836, but what could be more apposite for the Internet Age and the age of Self-Publishing and the age of Academia's Publish or Perish.

Edgar Allan Poe was an early employee of the “Southern Literary Messenger” of Richmond, Virginia. In 1836 he wrote a review of a legal tome titled “Reports of Cases Decided in the High Court of Chancery of Maryland”, and his first sentence provided a harsh assessment:

We cannot perceive any sufficient re
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Suvi
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. ...more
Siobhan
Dec 11, 2016 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I know it's taking me an extremely long time to read this; it's because I'm reading the odd one here and there instead of working my way through them all at once.

It will probably take me a couple of years doing it this way, but I am determined to read all of Poe at some point.

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Still to read:
The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym
Ligeia
Morella
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
The Spectacles
The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfall
The Gold Bug
The Murders in The Rue Morgue
The Mystery of Marie Rogêt
The Ba
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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.

AWESOME, RIGHT?!?

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
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Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?
I have definitely overdosed on this trip down memory lane. It will be at least a few weeks or months before I pick another Poe or listen to Vincent Price or Basel Rathbone again. I was up all night listening, and woke bleary-eyed, determined to move on to another genre. This morning on my walk I listened to a suspenseful, psychological thriller with a crafty protagonist who bests his enemies in an exciting final twist - The Fantastic Mr. Fox (how far would you go to save your family?) I think I' ...more
Katy
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Caidyn (he/him/his)
Ah, Halloween. I love this month. I love this season. Why? Because it gives me a really good excuse to wear sweaters (without dying from heat or them being practical to survive) and I get to reread things that I really like. Such as Poe. He's definitely not my favorite author. I could care less about most of his poems or his ventures into sci-fi. However, I love his horror.

This little collection has some old favorites, some new things, and some stuff I still don't like. It has the staples. "Blac
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Cwn_annwn_13
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This thing is between four and five thousand pages so I did not read it in it's entirety. But I did read several selections. These are the stories I read that are contained herein.

Masque of Red Death

Murders in the Rue Morgue

A Descent Into the Maelstrom

The Black Cat

The Devil in the Belfry

The Raven

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Tell Tale Heart

Annabel Lee

The Oblong Box

The Cask of Amontillado

The Imp of the Perverse

The Premature Burial

The Fall of the House of Usher

It is amazing how well these stories w
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Orrin Grey
Jul 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Poe stories read by Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone seems like a guaranteed proposition. And certainly it is neither the material nor the readings that constitute the problems here.

The volume (at least on the copy I got) was so quiet that I had to turn the radio in my car all the way up in order to hear it, and even then sometimes the quiet parts were too quiet. Also, the titles of the stories and poems aren't ever given. While all of the pieces are easily recognizable to the enthusiast, the la
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Classic reverie
I have been reading and taking notes with this edition and will continue to read this when I read Poe but will post my review with the title of the story. This kindle version has no errors this far but the navigation could be better.
Rachel
My main issue with this book is the very thin pages and the ease that they can tear if not handled properly. Other than that this is a collection I am proud to own. I was already familiar with Poe’s short gothic/horror stories and some of his poetry and this opened up a whole new aspect of him to me. Being only aware of certain stories and poems I couldn’t say if it was a complete collection at the title suggests but it does contain a variety and I have subsequently found some new favourites wit ...more
Katya Mills
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Denny
The editors did a good job of including some of Poe's best short stories and poems in this anthology, and it would have been hard to find two better-suited performers for the material than Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price. This would have been a highly enjoyable audiobook worthy of 4 stars, but the sound quality was poor throughout. It often sounded as if the stories were being read in an echoing cave, and for a couple of the stories Basil Rathbone performed, at times the echo was so bad that hi ...more
Larry
Jan 25, 2010 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!
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Marie McWilliams
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poe is the undisputed king of Gothic Horror. A must read for all fans of horror fiction and classic literature.
Sam
I'll be honest, as Poe is one of my all time favourite authors this review is going to be a little bit biased (and then some!). THis collection pulls together literally everything Poe wrote in his lifetime, from his two novels, various short stories and poems to his letters, journal articles, general notes and critiques. This shows the entire range of his writing abilities and while many may not enjoy his less macabre work, I enjoyed seeing another side to his writing and having insight into his ...more
Jenny Mullin
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read 5 short stories and The Raven so I didn't read the entire thing.... Poe was quite the author. ...more
Tony
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no particular knowledge of Poe beyond The Raven when I started this collection, but it contains a whole hell of a lot of his classics - The Pit And The Pendulum is here, The Tell-Tale Heart is here, The Fall Of The House Of Usher's here, The Raven's obviously here, Annabel Lee is here, Ligeia's here, The Masque of the Red Death, The Gold Bug and quite a lot more besides - all read by either Vincent Price or Basil Rathbone.

He's quite the shock-goth, is Poe. Lots of his stories build and bu
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Terrance Zepke
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
McKenzie
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Classic. Subtle, haunting and absolutely beautiful. The creative mind this man had is absolutely incredible and I enjoy reading his works over and over. You get something new out of each of his poems and stories each time you read them. I highly recommend everyone reads at least his well known works, especially fans of the macabre and darker themes.
kenzie
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Agaistin Walsh
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
who doesnt like poe???
Rachel Annie
Poe, read by Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone?

Amazing. :D
Dimos Kifokeris
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most readers are accustomed to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the forerunners of the late 19th century literature in the U.S.A. and a central figure of the last wave of Romanticists. Poe, apart from his enormous editorial and critical work, left a lasting literary mark mainly in the genres of horror, mystery and fantasy (as a writer and, most importantly, as a poet), pioneered in science fiction and influenced an endless list of writers up to nowadays, including such individuals of enormou ...more
Michael Arnold
Before I start this review I should say that it is not that I dislike Poe. I do, and have even loved him - but I do think he is as a writer very overrated in many respects.

As a poet I find Poe is a very strong lyricist, but not a good poet in pretty much any other capacity. But 'The Raven'! 'The Raven'! I hear you cry. And. Yes I know, it is a very fun poem, and there is something to it, but it isn't so complicated as to elevate it to great verse (I know how pretentious that sentence sounds, bu
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Bryan Dawson
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I believed this book was a good read which kept my attention for the most part and intrigued me most of the way through the book. I thought it had cool horror elements to it which really sparked my attention. Although I thought there were moments to the book which were boring, I still thought the book was well worth the read. I enjoyed learning about the author, and hope to read more of his books in the future.
Samantha Duncan
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF

It was really hard to read the stories with the version I had. I couldn’t focus on what was happening while also trying to get around the formatting. Maybe another time.
Forked Radish
Sep 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
This review refers to the Caedmon audio CD only... The incredibly short story "The Imp of the Perverse" is, incredibly, abridged! Others may be abridged as well, beware! ...more
Tom
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the words of Amanda Pagan, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library from the New York Public Library's blog, January 18, 2019, "Poe’s impact on literature cannot be overstated or underappreciated. He popularized and developed the short story format with works like “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” He created the detective genre with “The Murders of the Rue Morgue,” and his poems such as “Annabel Lee” are filled with hauntingly beautiful lyrics that p ...more
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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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