The Penguin Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

The Penguin Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

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The Fall of the House of Usher, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Gold-Bug - 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 1040 pages
  • 156 x 231 x 60mm | 1,088g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0670919845
  • 9780670919840
  • 82,076

About Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) was born in Boston and orphaned at an early age. Taken in by a couple from Richmond, Virginia, he spent a semester at the University of Virginia but could not afford to stay longer. After joining the Army and matriculating as a cadet, he started his literary career with the anonymous publication of Tamerlane and Other Poems, before working as a literary critic. His life was dotted with scandals, such as purposefully getting himself court-martialled to ensure dismissal from the Army, being discharged from his job at the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond after being found drunk by his boss, and secretly marrying his thirteen-year-old cousin Virginia (listed twenty-one on the marriage certificate). His work took him to both New York City and Baltimore, where he died at the age of forty, two years after Virginia. Will Self is the author of three short-story collections, The Quantity Theory of Insanity (winner of the 1992 Geoffrey Faber award), Grey Area and Tough Tough Toys for Touch Tough Boys; a dyad of novellas, Cock and Bull, and a third novella, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis; and four novels, My Idea of Fun, Great Apes, How the Dead Live (shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year 2000) and The Book of Dave. Together with the photographer David Gamble, he produced Perfidious Man, a sideways look at contemporary masculinity. There have been three collections of journalism, Junk Mail, Sore Sites and Feeding Frenzy. Will Self has written for a plethora of publications over the years and is a regular broadcaster on television and radio. His latest work is a collection of pieces entitled Liver: A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four more

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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... I RATE IT 6 GOD DAMN IT!show more
by Coby E Donnellan
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!show more
by Terri L Wilcox
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