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The Complete Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe (Annotated) (69 stories) Kindle Edition

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Length: 262 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2298 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Di Lernia Publishers (September 2, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041T5AOW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Fussy but Fair on June 18, 2011
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There are so many choices here with respect to Edgar Allan Poe - at least among the $1.00 and under selections - it was hard to settle on which collection would be the most satisfying. Ultimately, I recommend this one, noting that all have pluses and minuses. This is a great (supposedly complete) collection with quality formatting and an interactive table of contents that lists the stories alphabetically, as well as by year. Having both makes it easy to put Poe's writings in perspective chronologically, while maintaining easy navigation. By the way, if you sample the book, you need to select "cover" in the "go to" menu to see the full ToC. Just page after the cover.

You won't find a biography here, but those of us who love Poe already know it and those who don't will be able to find satisfying bios on the web. The only true negative that kept me from giving this 5 stars is the lack of annotations for various foreign phrases. The other inexpensive Poe collections appear to suffer the same omission but nonetheless, it would have been nice. Definition annotations remain as with most Kindle books.

For me, this Poe compendium gives the opportunity to revisit all the stories I read many years ago at a price that is unbeatable. I don't regret the choice and am happy to stop agonizing over it.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on December 25, 2010
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This collection of 69 stories in indexed by both date of publication as well as alphabetically. It also lists all known titles of his stories as some stories are known by different titles. This collection includes:

The Angel of the Odd
The Assignation
The Balloon-Hoax
The Bargain Lost
The Black Cat
The Business Man
The Cask of Amontillado
The Colloquy of Monos and Una
The Conversation of a Somnambule
The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion
A Decided Loss
A Descent into the Maelstrom
Destruction of the World
The Devil and the Belfry
Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences
The Domain of Arnheim
A Dream
The Duc de L'Omelette
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
The Fall of the House of Usher
Four Beasts in One
The Gold Bug
The Horse-Shade
How To Write a Blackwood Article
The Imp of the Perverse
The Island of the Fay
The Journal of Julius Rodman
King Pest
Landor's Cottage
Life in Death
The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RWT on January 24, 2012
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It's nice to have all of Edgar Allen Poe's work in one place at a low cost. The quality of this Kindle edition is adequate, but not great. It's difficult to find the exact story you want to read as the organization is difficult. However, the price is low enough to overlook this issue. If, like me, you want a nice addition of a complete works, this may be for you. Just don't expect that it will be perfect.
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The short stories of Ed Poe - I think he'd be OK with my calling him Ed - are incredibly diverse. Some are folksy and whimsical, some are creepy, some are ponderous and tedious, and many are just plain weird.

Poe could use the English language like a blunt instrument, and I developed a method to read it. Do NOT let yourself be stopped and bogged down at words and references you do not understand. There will be hundreds of these, and you don't have to ferret out and define every one. You'll pick up the flow and the sense of a story, and when this happens, just keep reading and the reference will either emerge on its own or fade. Just let this happen. Ed made most of his stories and his characters intentionally complex, but some are very flat-footed and straightforward.

I even came to suspect that he made a few of his stories incomprehensible on purpose, just as a joke of his own, to see if readers claimed to understand them or even praised them. He was also not above the occasional zinger. He uses the phrase "It was a dark and stormy night ..." in one, and a little research proves this was after Bulwer-Lytton famously used it in what is now considered the very worst opening paragraph ever to a major, published novel. Poe spins it out and makes it even cornier and more ludicrous. Edward Bulwer-Lytton was no Ed Poe, and Poe knew it.

If you dive into a story which makes no sense and you can't find the thread, it's OK to dump it and move on to the next one. Ed would just figure you didn't get the joke. He was a lot smarter than most of us. He was also a bit of a madman, maybe more than just a bit.

For me, Poe lends himself to the unusual.
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