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- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publisher: Di Lernia Publishers (September 2, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 2, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0041T5AOW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Complete Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe (Annotated) (69 stories) Kindle Edition
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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.
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. You don't have to be sitting quietly and properly upright in a proper chair with a floor lamp over your left shoulder to read him. I read most of these stories off of my phone on the Metro on the way home from a concert or a ballgame. He could be a fitting end to an evening of Tchaikovsky or Bartók or a Dodgers game. The characters and occasional commotion around me actually added to the atmosphere of the stories. They can be a fun distraction if you're stuck someplace with nothing to do for awhile, and you might even rig up a text-to-speech thing and listen to them in your car.
Poe isn't stiff and proper. He's fun. Give him a shot.
I will highly recommend this book "The complete short stories of Edgar Allen Poe" to one and all. Great reading and superb writing.
I feel that this should be in every library both public and private. An American treasure if ever there was one. .His work is tight up there with Melville and Clemens.
It's been helpful, and educational, for me to read on Kindle because of the dictionary for antiquated words, or familiar words that have different connotations now. I say this as someone with a large vocabulary and as someone reasonably familiar with Elizabethan vocabulary.
The big surprise for me was his humor; Poe can be one sarcastic guy. I haven't read them all but so far only a handful are the expected horror stories.
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