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All of the tales by the master of the detective and the macabre story. 53 of his best-known poems plus essays and criticisms. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Author, poet, and literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe is credited with pioneering the short story genre, inventing detective fiction, and contributing to the development of science fiction. However, Poe is best known for his works of the macabre, including such infamous titles as The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Lenore, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Part of the American Romantic Movement, Poe was one of the first writers to make his living exclusively through his writing, working for literary journals and becoming known as a literary critic. His works have been widely adapted in film. Edgar Allan Poe died of a mysterious illness in 1849 at the age of 40.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 842 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Books; 2003 ed. edition (November 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785814531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785814535
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 2.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (546 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Sweeney on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
All of Edgar Allan Poe's works collected into one hardcover volume. This book has a lot of stuff in it, and I still haven't quite finished it.

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.
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Format: Paperback
This edition of Poe's literary output is the latest incarnation of the original 'Complete Tales & Poems' which came out in 1938 issued by Vintage Press. It has served several generations of students and Poe lovers. Needless to say, it's longevity is proof of basic quality and integrity. For the record, it also includes Poe's two essays, 'The Poetic Principal' and 'The Rationale of Verse.' If you want a 'complete in one volume' approach. This is it.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I asked for this as a valentines gift, he pre-ordered it. the book protector case itself is pretty nice and sturdy, the book has hard covers, they are lined in a silk like lining, very nice. the detail work makes it look expensive and showy, I like to set it out on my bedroom dresser. the pages smelt like vanilla wood to me, I love to open it and smell that lovely book smell. the first few pages tell edgar's history which was nice. the stories are what you expect from poe.
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Format: Paperback
Edgar A. Poe (he never used Allan in print) has yet to be served by a collection worthy of a writer of his stature. This one certainly does a good job of collecting a great deal of material, including rarities as well as all the stories and poems you already know and love and even his only novel, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym." But the sequence of the works is random (not chronological, as I had hoped) and no notes are provided. Plus, the book's size makes it hard to read without some sort of physical support. Still, it's one of the more complete Poe collections around, and the price is reasonable for a book of this size.
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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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If I could give this books 100 stars I would! This came as a Christmas present for me and I was surprised at the quality of the book. The hard cover slip for the book was very sturdy, and came with no dents. The book itself is a beautiful gold silk-like cover. As far as the pages being thin... I found no problem with it. It wasn't distracting for me at all. If you own twilight, or fifty shades of grey....you can kinda compare the pages to those books. This book is wonderful for anyone who loves Edgar Allen Poe. Another cool thing is the book isn't "Girly" so it can be a perfect gift for that special man. I got a lot of compliments when I unwrapped this book. Its wonderful!
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Format: Paperback
This book brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and suggests the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential writers in the history of American literature.
Also recommended: REDEFINING THE 'SELF': SELECTED ESSAYS ON SWIFT, POE, PINTER, AND JOYCE by John Condon Murray
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