Great Short Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Poems Tales Criticism (Perennial Classics)
Edgar Allan Poe
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The classic poems and spine-tingling stories of a Gothic American master collected in one volume.
Of all the American masters, Edgar Allan Poe staked out perhaps the most unique and vivid reputation, as a master of the macabre. Even today, in the age of horror movies and high-tech haunted houses, Poe is the first choice of entertainment for many who want a spine-chilling thrill.
Born in Boston in 1809, and dead at the age of 40, Poe wrote across several fields during his life, noted for his poetry and short stories as well as his criticism. The best of each of these is collected here, including the classic poem The Raven, and timeless stories like The Tell-Tale Heart. In his introduction to this volume, G. R. Thompson argues that Poe was a great satirist and comedic craftsman, as well as a formidable Gothic writer. "All of Poe's fiction," Thompson writes, "and the poems as well, can be seen as one coherent piece—as the work of one of the greatest ironists of world literature."
Great Short Works of EDGAR ALLAN POE Poems, Tales, Criticism Edited with an Introduction by G. R. THOMPSON For My Grandparents Mae Lapp and James Lapp Frank Oxley And For My Children Hallie and Erin SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS POEMS: Text of the poems is from Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Thomas Olive Mabbott (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1969). Dates following poems indicate the year, or years, of first publication and, where differences occur, the date of
Edward Bulwer-Lytton and the British patroness of the arts Lady Blessington, along with Thomas Moore (the Irish poet), Francis Jeffrey (the Scots editor of the Edinburgh Review), and Nathaniel P. Willis (an American editor). The narrator of the tale, having completed a treatise on “Nosology” is lionized by arty society, and at one point demands of an artist 1,000 pounds for the privilege of portraying his nose on canvas. Later, having been insulted by the men in the group, the hero shoots off the
corridors that followed the suite, there stood, opposite to each window, a heavy tripod, bearing a brazier of fire that projected its rays through the tinted glass and so glaringly illumined the room. And thus were produced a multitude of gaudy and fantastic appearances. But in the western or black chamber the effect of the fire-light that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes, was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who
and the peculiar character of the sea. The latter was undergoing a rapid change, and the water seemed more than usually transparent. Although I could distinctly see the bottom, yet, heaving the lead, I found the ship in fifteen fathoms. The air now became intolerably hot, and was loaded with spiral exhalations similar to those arising from heated iron. As night came on, every breath of wind died away, and a more entire calm it is impossible to conceive. The flame of a candle burned upon the poop
had their weight. He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses; the most insipid food was alone endurable; he could wear only garments of certain texture; the odors of all flowers were oppressive; his eyes were tortured by even a faint light; and there were but peculiar sounds, and these from stringed instruments, which did not inspire him with horror. To an anomalous species of terror I found him a bounden slave. “I shall perish,” said he, “I must perish in this deplorable folly.