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Book Title: The Unabridged Edgar Allan Poe|
The size of the: 657 KB
Edition: Running Press Book Publishers
Date of issue: December 1st 1983
The author of the book: Edgar Allan Poe
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780894712333
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I think maybe for the reader, the average reader who thinks of herself as A Reader, there’s really no reason to not read some Complete-ish edition of Poe’s work. You’ll cheat yourself if you are satisfied with a Best Of Poe. Because there is definitely Poe’s Best (however they may be counted) and there is secondary Poe. And his Complete Works, unlike that of, say, a Melville, is a mere 1178 pages. Scarcely a novel’s length. This particular edition I had on hand, this unabridged edition, may or may not contain every word Poe ever uttered and it may or may not be in some sense an abridgment, but it is certainly most of it, which is what counts. And too, it’s arranged chronologically, which is pretty cool.
Least favorites :: pretty much all of the pretty poetry (which is totally a thing on me, not on Poe). And the landscape stuff ; but I have the same hang=up with Vollmann too.
Most favorite :: with a tip of the hat to The Significant whose favorite Poe it is and who waited with patience until Poe’s chronology brought me to it last night, last night of Poe’ing, “Hop-Frog”. Because it’s a nice piece of proletarian fiction. [and most of the other stuff frequently collected in Best Of’s are also excellent].
And, if you really need an excuse to read Poe, other than that he is foundational to the American Tradition of Fiction (i.e., Canon), then you’ll want to read him as preparation for the reading of Zettel’s Traum, which, if you’ve been reading the weekly updates at The Untranslated, you’ll know is rather more than a little rewarding.
Now, I’ve got to get my ass back to that stack of novels although I think it’d be cool to swim through several more of these Collected/Complete Short Stories kind of books some more.
Read information about the authorThe name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.
Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself. He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author’s name.
The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children. His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe’s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls’ school. Within three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe’s handwriting on the backs of Allan’s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.
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