This single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history.
Review for book, not contents of book.
By V. Patel - September 15, 2004
I think Poe's genius hardly needs discussion on this forum. So, I offer a small review on the physical book itself.
As another reviewer mentioned, there are no annotations. You will have to translate (or find on the Net) the Latin, the French, etc., yourself, though you can skip them and still understand the story. I'm no Poe scholar, so I don't know which works, if any, were excluded from the book, but all of my favorites are here ("The Tell Tale Heart," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Raven," etc.) and several more that I've never heard of until now.
This is a solid volume, containing some of the best short stories ever written in English and I've enjoyed reading them immensely.
5 out of 5.
Deep into the psyche
By Guillermo Maynez - February 1, 2001
The horror of being; the darkest depths of man's soul; the deepest fears brought about by darkness: it's all here. This is the work of the original genius of terror. And the most terrifying thing about Poe's stories and poems is that the threat doesn't come from a monster, or a devil, or a murderer: it comes from inside yourself, from your mind and your heart. There's no escaping them. Poe is not, of course a "terror" writer. He's just a writer, and one of the best there has been. His work can not be confined to a "genre". His tales touch horror, but there are some analytical, metaphysical, futurists, and tales of love (strange love, but love). As correctly pointed out by other reviewers, Poe practically invented the mystery tale in which the detective is an amateur who solves the problem through reason and deduction alone ("The crimes of the Rue Morgue"). A wonderful cryptic and deductive tale is "The golden bug". "The cask of... read more
IIlimitable Dominion of American Literature
By A Customer - June 14, 1999
Having never written a full novel, Poe is sometimes forgotten when the great fiction writers of American history are listed. The power of Poe's dark vision, though, is virtually unprecedented in world literature. The manifestation of such deep, intuitive symbols and archetypes, ones of such clarity, prophesy and terror that even his incredible craftsmanship in language becomes transparant, is a gift given to only the most blessed and tormented of writers. To read a story like the Masque of the Red Death is to be flung into an allegorical morality play which fits perfectly into the modern context. Poe's stories and poems travel through time and rap ceaselessy on the window of your conscious thoughts. An ominous pall of expectation and retribution permeates all of his work. To pick up Poe is really never to put it down.