- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (February 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145150506X
- ISBN-13: 978-1451505061
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems with Selected Essays Paperback – February 23, 2010
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I guess what sets this book apart from all the other collections of Poe, is the book itself. It's not annotated, but I couldn't find any collections of Poe that were; however, it does come with a great introduction. And after that, pure Poe. The book is very sturdy, and considering it's price, a great bargain. I personally can't stand the see-saw cut pages that a lot collections like this get, but this book lacks those, and that makes me happy. I also won't waste your time trying to convince how great Poe was, since the fact that you're browsing here means you already know, or at least have a clue.
While any collected Poe book would probably suit you just fine, since there is very little to distinguish them from each other, I would recommend this one, simply because when I was browsing through the various collections, this one appeared to be the best bang for my buck.
Truth be told, there are a few technical drawbacks to this edition. The first is size. A thousand pages is a lot to deal with. I always feel clumsy reading it. The other big drawback is print size. I am well into the time of life when tiny print is getting difficult to read. Nor do I like narrow margins.
But really, I don't think one can argue about the sheer quantity of good literature for a reasonable price. It can be read, marked up, dragged around and have coffee spilled on it without ever making its owner feel the least bit guilty. Most of the Poe readers of the world will just love this book. Me, I'm a bit wierd. I would rather have a nice leather bound set of the complete works, rather than just the fiction and poetry, a bit slimmer to hand and easier to read. Considering that that would cost over 20 times the price of this paperback I intend to remain satisfied with this even if it kills me.
Also recommended: REDEFINING THE 'SELF': SELECTED ESSAYS ON SWIFT, POE, PINTER, AND JOYCE by John Condon Murray
For greater understanding of the short and tumultuous life that produced such astounding works of the imagination, I suggest reading "Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Rememberance" by Kenneth Silverman in conjunction with this volume. I found it very enlightening to read a couple of chapters of Silverman's entertaining and informative biography, then read only the works produced during that particular period of Poe's life. Aside from the advantage of following his development as a writer and gaining a better understanding of the inspriration behind his work, you get a better cross-section of Poe's extraordinary range -- from comic satirist to journalist to detective fiction writer to, of course, the supreme creator of the horror and science fiction story.
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Great book love everything about it only thing is when I ordered it the corner of 2 pages were ripped and folded it didn't interfere with the text on the book but it's still just... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This was a present for my daughter. I wasn't going to give her my copy. This is one of those rainy, snowy day books that belongs in your library.Published 8 days ago by James L.
This is a book of tales and poem by Edgar Allen Poe. Loved the book.Published 10 days ago by Debby Hull
Excellent book! Very well organized collection of Poe's work. My only complaint would be that the sleeve it came in was slightly damaged when it arrived in the mail.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love that it's hardcover, it is so exciting see all the tales and poems that it has. The letters are kind of a turn off for me since i use glasses and i still sometimes can't... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's Edgar Allan Poe! Classics. You can't go wrong here if you are a Poe fan. Add it to the collection!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer