The Penguin Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

The Penguin Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Edgar Allan Poe, Introduction by Will Self

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  • Publisher: VIKING
  • Format: Paperback | 1040 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 56mm | 1,098g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0670919845
  • ISBN 13: 9780670919840
  • Sales rank: 70,219

Product description

"The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Gold-Bug" - these are some of the most famous tales of terror and the most macabre detective stories ever written. Acknowledged master of suspense, Poe was also a poet and - as his stories of mesmerism and time travel prove - a pioneer of science fiction. In this collection, probing to the depths of the human psyche, Poe's haunted genius will chill and enthral you.

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Author information

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 49), was born in Boston, USA. He was a shortstory writer, editor and literary critic, and is considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor the detective-fiction genre.

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By Coby E Donnellan 06 Jun 2013 5

To begin, as I am an utter bumbling idiot and my laptop is incessantly slow, I managed to click the 'dislike' button rather than the 'like' button. Oh the perils of 21st century problems and the repercussions of downloading dangerous programs to my laptops fragile harddrive.
Edgar Allen Poe, one of my favourite writers of all time was well put together in this book and all of his famous works of literature are accounted for in this penguin edition, monstrous sized book. Definitely worth the read and the sore arms from holding it up.
If I could rate it a 6 out of 5 I would, unfortunately, my laptop has played up on me again and I've only been able to rate it a 4...


By Terri L Wilcox 02 Jul 2012 5

As a lover of Poe's stories and poems, finding a nice copy of his works can be hard. The books themselves are often of bad print, with small text and incredibly thin paper and in some cases typos. Not this one.
The book itself is a sturdy paperback with good sized text and strong paper. And as a person who unfortunately does judge a book by its cover, I like it! The book claims to include every story and poem written by Poe, so you can almost guarantee if you want it, it's got it. There is also a very readable introduction by Will Self aswell as a very brief account of Poe's life and death.
This book is NOT a pocket sized book; at 1026 pages it does not easily fit into a bag or a pocket! It is a big and heavy book and I recommend buying separate short story books or the poem book, if you are planning to travel or study.
Overall a lovely complete works for anyone with an interest in the man known for his horror stories and fascination with the macabre!