Enter the dark worlds created by Edgar Allen Poe in the collection «The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales.» Poe emphasizes morbidity and death through his tales and poems, and this anthology holds all of Poe's best and most famous works from throughout his career. In «The Fall of the House of Usher,» a man and his sister suffer from a strange, debilitating illness. Her death drives him to the point of madness, and the fragile mansion falls along with the Usher family line. It is Poe's most famous and well-known story and is a masterpiece of the Gothic literature genre, demonstrating a prime example of the author's emotional tone and evoking fear, guilt, and trepidation. These same feelings are conjured in the rest of «The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales.» «The Tell-Tale Heart» shows how even the most calculating of murders can result in immeasurable guilt. Following the theme of murder, a narrator lures a drunken man to his death in the depths of Italy's cellars in «The Cask of Amontillado.» For the reader who wants to experience the mystery and macabre nature of early American literature, «The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales» is the perfect book to choose.
"The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym," the only full-length novel that Edgar Allan Poe wrote, is the story of a boy, Pym, who stows away aboard a whaling ship. Along with Augustus, the captain's son, Arthur Gordon Pym avoids discover aboard the ship while witnessing a series of incredible events. Rich with symbolism and allegory, «The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym» is an exciting gothic sea adventure that greatly influenced the genre of the maritime novel.
The only full-length novel by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym” was first published in 1838. It is the story of a boy from Nantucket, Arthur Gordon Pym, who stows away aboard a whaling ship, the “Grampus”, with the help of his friend Augustus, the ship captain’s son. Pym and Augustus experience many unexpected adventures and misfortunes at sea, including mutiny, violent storms, cannibalism, and the destruction of the ship. Eventually, only Pym and another sailor, Dirk Peters, have survived and are clinging to the debris when they are rescued by the “Jane Guy”, a fishing ship headed to the southern seas. Pym becomes fascinated by the interesting birds and wildlife to be found near the Antarctic and convinces the captain to sail even further south. Pym’s adventures continue as the sailors meet aggressive natives and strange new lands. Rich with symbolism and allegory, Poe who sought to make the novel full of believable details, was heavily inspired by many popular travel journals of his time. “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym” greatly influenced writers such as Herman Melville and Jules Verne and remains to this day an exciting nautical adventure. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
"With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion."–Edgar Allan Poe. Containing such famous works as «The Raven», «Lenore», «Annabel Lee», and «To Helen», this complete collection of poetry by Edgar Allan Poe encapsulates the career of one of the best-known and most read American writers. Laden with tones of loneliness, melancholy, and despair, the poetry contained in this volume exerted great influence on the American Romantic and the French Symbolist Movements of the nineteenth century. Today, Poe's poetry is appreciated for its literary genius, not only because of his command of language, rhythms and dramatic imagery, but also because of its emotional insight into a beautiful and tormented mind. His propensity towards the mysterious and the macabre, as well as an ardent preoccupation with death, has led centuries of scholars and readers to enjoy these poems of love, death, and loneliness. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) holds a unique place in American literature. Famous as a poet, he also penned short stories that are masterpieces of terror and suspense, infused with the horror and dread he knew from his feverish dreams and persistent fears of death. Fortunately for lovers of mystery, Poe was attracted by logic and analysis as well as fantasy. Fascinated by the narrative possibilities of tracking the perpetrator of a crime, he invented the modern detective story.This superb collection of five stories reveals Poe's virtuoso gifts for both crime fiction and the macabre. Two of his most famous tales, «The Mystery of Marie Roget» and «The Purloined Letter,» recount the exploits of C. Auguste Dupin, the first important fictional detective. «William Wilson» is a chilling tale of crime and evil. The two remaining stories, «MS. Found in a Bottle» and «The Oblong Box,» subtly but relentlessly convey a sense of unease, then dread, then outright terror.
One of the most famous poems in the English language, «The Raven» first appeared in the January 29, 1845, edition of the New York Evening Mirror. It brought Edgar Allan Poe, then in his mid-30s and a well-known poet, critic, and short story writer, his first taste of celebrity on a grand scale. «The Raven» remains Poe's best-known work, yet it is only one of a dazzling series of poems and stories that won him an enduring place in world literature.This volume contains «The Raven» and 40 others of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable poems, among them «The Bells,» «Ulalume,» «Israfel,» «To Helen,» «The Conqueror Worm,» «Eldorado,» and «Annabel Lee.» Together they reveal the extraordinary spectrum of Poe's personality — his idealism; his visionary qualities; his responsiveness to beauty, to love, and to women; and his susceptibility to the eerie and the morbid. They reveal, too, his virtuoso command of poetic language, rhythms, and figures of speech — command that would make his one of the most distinctive voices in all of poetry.A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
A stowaway aboard the New England whaler Grampus, young Arthur Gordon Pym finds himself an unwilling passenger on an extraordinary voyage. Edgar Allan Poe's only novel, first published in 1838, recounts the incredible adventures and discoveries of Pym and his companions as they overcome violent mutineers, are set adrift in an open boat, encounter a corpse-ridden ghost ship, cannibals, and huge polar bears as they approach the icy barriers of the South Pole.An important influence on the works of Herman Melville, Jules Verne, and others, this engrossing tale — described by internationally acclaimed author Jorge Luis Borges as «Poe's greatest work» — will appeal to admirers of Poe and maritime enthusiasts alike.
Recognized today as the undisputed master of the American Gothic horror story, Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1949) revealed his genius in tales of death, terror, evil, and perversity. Highly skilled in achieving a calculated psychological effect, Poe created chilling fictional nightmares permeated by mysterious forces, grotesque creatures, and improbable hallucinations.Poe's immense powers as a storyteller are at their peak in this anthology containing nine of his best-known short stories. Among them are «The Murders in the Rue Morgue,» a gripping 19th-century detective story that provided a model for future mystery writers; «The Fall of the House of Usher» and «The Masque of the Red Death,» pervaded with eerie thoughts, impulses, and fears; «The Tell-Tale Heart» and «The Cask of Amontillado,» masterpieces of wickedness and crime; «The Pit and the Pendulum,» with its agonizing specter of imminent and horrifying death; and «The Gold-Bug,» a fascinating detective story that combines romance and adventure in an absorbing tale of buried treasure.Mystery lovers and horror story enthusiasts will find this inexpensive collection, by one of the great masters of the form, an exciting addition to their personal libraries.
"With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion."–Edgar Allan Poe. Containing such famous works as «The Raven», «Lenore», «Annabel Lee», and «To Helen», this complete collection of poetry by Edgar Allan Poe encapsulates the career of one of the best-known and most read American writers. Laden with tones of loneliness, melancholy and despair, the poetry contained in this volume exerted great influence on the American Romantic and the French Symbolist Movements of the nineteenth century. Today, Poe's poetry is appreciated for its literary genius, not only because of his command of language, rhythms and dramatic imagery, but also because of its emotional insight into a beautiful and tormented mind. His propensity towards the mysterious and the macabre, as well as an ardent preoccupation with death, has led centuries of scholars and readers to enjoy these poems of love, death, and loneliness.
"TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?" And so begins «The Tell-Tale Heart», that compressed tale of Gothic composition. The characters and images that Edgar Allan Poe has gifted us are plentiful. Hugely influential to the short story genre, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) remains a lion of American letters. His morose explorations of human depravity render his tales exceptionally captivating. Here, in Volume I of II, is contained «The Murders in the Rue Morgue», «The Black Cat», «The Tell-Tale Heart», and «Ligeria», among many others. Many acknowledge Poe's tales as prototypes for the later development of the horror, mystery, and science fiction genres. Poe's life is perhaps as fabled and shrouded in mystery as his stories. His mysterious death remains a source of myth. Poe was firmly established in the Gothic movement of the time and further was a father of «dark romanticism» which explored the psychology of torment and death. These stories are sure to arrest and transport the reader to the unique world of Edgar Allan Poe.