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The author of the book: Edgar Allan Poe
Edition: State Street Press
Date of issue: January 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780681990524
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 39.51 MB
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When I started reading this book my intent was to enjoy "seasonal reading", i.e. Halloween. As always happens, one season ended and another began before I finally finished. I must confess that I really didn't finish reading it either. This is a superb collection of short stories and poems by Poe. I focused on reading only the short stories knowing that I could always savor the poems at another time (or season). Often, my Goodreads reviews are actually confessions and this review is one such confession. We studied American Literature sophomore year of high school and were assigned to read "The Pit and the Pendulum". It's about as short and direct as a short story can be, but I drifted off soon after the first few pages and gave up because I was a lazy student. The next day in class I complained about the wordy language and asked how did the stupid story end, anyhow. One of my classmates informed me that an army had stormed the prison and rescued to victim. I was astounded to believe how she could have gotten that through all of those flowery words. But, there it was in three short, easy sentences. I remember the teacher telling us that Poe created the detective story. He exhorted us several times to read "The Purloined Letter" on our own. (Why didn't he just assign it?) This book includes the "Purloined Letter" so I was eager to read it. It was entertaining, but not nearly as gripping as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" or as exciting as "The Gold Bug", which I now regard as one of the best short stories I've ever read. He should have assigned us to read either of those if he really wanted us to appreciate Poe.
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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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