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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.
The Angel of the Odd
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
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
How To Write a Blackwood Article
The Imp of the Perverse
The Island of the Fay
The Journal of Julius Rodman
Life in Death
The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read these to my children at bed time. I enjoy the look of fear on their faces.Published 6 months ago by Kevin
I am still reading the first story but Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite authors, so I am not too objective!!! But I like it very much.Published 10 months ago by Carmen Berrios
This well researched volume of his best story's are well worth the megar price of 1.99Published 12 months ago by james maynard
Poe is a classic, I can reread many of his poems and short stories repeatedly.Published 18 months ago by Madcow0807
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