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An Acrostic
Al Aaraaf
Alone
Annabel Lee
The Bells
Bridal Ballad
Catholic Hymn
The City In The Sea
The Coliseum
The Conqueror Worm
Deep In Earth
A Dream
A Dream Within A Dream
A Dream Within A Dream, Or Imitation
Dreamland
Dreams
Eldorado
Elizabeth
Enigma
An Enigma
Eulalie; A Song
Evening Star
Fairyland (1)
Fairyland (2)
For Annie
The Happiest Day, The Happiest Hour
The Haunted Palace
Introduction
Israfel
The Lake (version 2)
Lenore (3)
Lines On Joe Locke
Mysterious Star! (a New Introductioin To 'al Aaraaf')
Oh, Tempora! Oh, Mores!
The Raven
Romance
Scene 3
Scene 4
Scene 6
Scene 7
Scene 9
Serenade
The Sleeper
Song
Sonnet To Zante
Sonnet: Silence
Spirits Of The Dead
Stanzas
Tamerlane (4)
To - (1)
To - (4)
To - (5)
To F - (mrs. Frances Sargent Osgood)
To F---s S. O---d
To Helen (1)
To Helen (2)
To Isaac Lea
To M.l.s.
To Margaret
To Miss Louise Olivia Hunter
To My Mother
To One In Paradise
To Science; Sonnet
To The River
Ulalume - A Ballad (2)
A Valentine To --
The Valley Of Unrest (2)
Song Of The Broad-axe
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1408 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America (August 15, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940450186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940450189
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George H. Soule on September 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you want the real Poe, the Library of America version of Poe's Poetry and Tales is the best bargain going. This volume should give either a lover of Poe or a serious scholar a handy volume of the Poe canon. I am not going to extol the virtues of Edgar Allan Poe. He was one of our most important national authors and an innovator of forms and genres. Master of the macabre, inventor of the detective story, explicator of the psychotic soul-Poe was the father of psychological horror literature as well as an accomplished satirist, critic and poet. If you want all of the poems and tales all in one place, go buy this book. Apparently the two volume Borzoi Poe (Knopf) edited by Arthur Hobson Quinn and Edward H. O'Neill is out of print. That was certainly a respectable edition of the poems and stories, and it included, the marvelous metaphysical Eureka as well as all the tales and poems and a respectable cross-section of the criticism in a handsome two-volume edition. The Modern Library and Doubleday complete Poe's are good enough to read for pleasure. But if you want a version of Poe that can be used as a reading text as well as a scholarly resource (meaning serious stuff) then this Library of America volume is just the thing for you. It is edited by Patrick Quinn, a highly respected Poe scholar, and its texts are good-and you get all of them. It's certainly a bargain when compared to the Thomas Ollive Mabbott/Burton Pollin variorum edition, a multi-volume extravaganza. And most of us don't need all that detail anyway. This is a nice volume because it encapsulates the canon of the fiction and poetry-clean and compact.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
There are few american authors as good as Edgar Allen Poe. From the grotesque to the sublime his poetry is among the most enjoyable ever written. His tales continue to excite both young and old alike. One of the things that I enjoy most about Poe is that many of his tales are designed not only for suspense but also to challenge the intellect of the reader. This edition of Poe is one of the finest available. It is made to Library standards and is the version of choice for all who want to enjoy Poe's writings over a lifetime. In addition to the books superior binding and quality it includes the works not commonly found among other so called complete editons. They include: The unparalled Adventure of One Hans Pfall, The Journal of Julius Rodmen, and Eureka:Aprose poem. The book also includes a complete index of titles and of first lines, and notes on the text. For anyone looking for a definative edition on Poe I couldn't make a stronger recommendation.
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As a word of warning to potential buyers, Canterbury Classics such as the Edgar Allan Poe book are not shrink wrapped by the manufacturer. Since they travel from China then to warehouses and finally to buyers, it is a good bet the gold edges will be scratched. The manufacturer also places labels on the leather covers. The entire stories and poems are included in the text but the print is so small and light it is not easy to read them. The quality is not high, but then you're only paying $13.48.
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I've always had a liking for Edgar Allan Poe, with his tales of horror, mystery and suspense, done in the atmospheric prose of a master writer. Since I live close enough, I've even made some trips to his gravesite, a place that is always surrounded by a sense of sadness.

Poe was a tormented genius who died young, under mysterious circumstances, and at the time of his death he wasn't deservingly popular. Certainly his work was not cute romances for the masses -- he explored the darkness of the human heart, love, satire, and the earliest whodunnit stories. And "Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe" brings together all of his poetry and writings in one book.

Poe's fiction writings include short stories and novellas, which tend to be rather weird -- a treasure-hunt and a golden insect, a ship caught in a whirlpool, a hypnotized man talks about the universe, and stories of despair, madness, and occasionally beauty. There is also his trilogy of Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin stories, which were the first to feature a brilliant detective solving an impossible crime.

Most people know about "The Raven" (which even has the Baltimore Ravens named after it) but Poe actually wrote a lot of poetry, most of which readers never heard of. Sometimes dark, or whimsical, or even both. "By a route obscure and lonely/Haunted by ill angels only/Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT/On a black throne reigns upright..."

And, of course, the horror. This is what Poe is best known for, including such well-known stories as "The Fall Of The House Of Usher." But there are also lesser-known gems -- tales of a plague invading a party, being buried alive, a portrait that siphoned the life out of its subject, and a nightly visit to an Italian crypt leading to madness.
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Format: Hardcover
The books of the Library of America are among the very best and most beautiful editions I know of. The paper is acid-free material, it won't yellow and get all brittley any time soon, and you can lay that book open on a table and it won't close itself. It is a great object and I won't even discuss Poe's work here, though tons could be said, of course.

This is a hardcover book with a neat dusjacket; it also has one of these thin ribbons to mark your page. It's pure awesomeness I tell you! Anyone who enjoys Poe would do well to get this edition, it's the best out there and it contains all of Poe's fiction, including some never-published-before material.
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