Book Read Poetry and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Book Read Poetry and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry and Tales

Read throughout the world, admired by Dostoyevsky and translated by Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe has become a legendary figure, representing the artist as obsessed outcast and romantic failure His nightmarish visions, shaped by cool artistic calculation, reveal some of the dark possibilities of human experience His enormous popularity and his continuing influence of liter Read throughout the world, admired by Dostoyevsky and translated by Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe has become a legendary figure, representing the artist as obsessed outcast and romantic failure His nightmarish visions, shaped by cool artistic calculation, reveal some of the dark possibilities of human experience His enormous popularity and his continuing influence of literature depend less on legend or vision than on his stylistic and formal accomplishments as a writer of fiction and a great lyric poet.In this complete and uniquely authoritative Library of America collection, well known tales of mystery and imagination and his best known verse are collected with early poems, rarely published stories and humorous sketches, and the ecstatic prose poem Eureka.But his enormous popularity and his continuing influence on literature depend less on legend or vision than on his stylistic and formal accomplishments as a writer of fiction and as a great lyric poet always for all lands, as Yeats said , famous for the sensuous musicality of To Helen, The City in the Sea, and Annabel Lee and for the hypnotic, incantatory rhythms of The Raven and Ulalume The Fall of the House of Usher and The Cask of Amontillado show Poe s mastery of Gothic horror his The Pit and the Pendulum is a classic of terror and suspense He invented the modern detective story, as in The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and developed the form of science fiction that was to influence, among others, Jules Verne and Thomas Pynchon.Poe was also adept at the humorous sketch of playful jeu d esprit, such as X ing a Paragraph or Never Bet the Devil Your Head All his stories reveal his high regard for technical proficiency and for what he called ratiocination Poe s fugitive early poems, stories rarely collected such as Bon Bon, King Pest, Mystification, and The Duc De L Omelette , his only attempt at drama, Politian these and much are included in this comprehensive collection, presented chronologically to show Poe s development as a writer, his oeuvre culminates in his vision of an indeterminate universe, Eureka A Prose Poem, his culminating vision of an indeterminate universe, printed here for the first time as Poe revised it and intended it should stand.A special feature of this volume is the care taken to select an authoritative text of each work The printing and publishing history of every item has been investigated in order to choose a version that incorporates all of Poe s own revisions without reproducing the errors or changes introduced by later editors Here, then, is one of America s and the world s most disturbing, powerful, and inventive writers published in the first truly dependable collection of Poe s poetry and tales

Title : Poetry and Tales
Author :  Edgar Allan Poe
Language : English
Isbn : 0940450186
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 1408 pages

Rating: 4.6

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