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Book Title: Edgar Allan Poe : the best of his macabre tales, complete and unabridged|
The author of the book: Edgar Allan Poe
Date of issue: May 1st 2010
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ISBN 13: 9781853757006
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Few authors’ names conjure up such an air of ghoulish terror as that of Edgar Allan Poe. Although best known for his classic gothic horror tales such as "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher," or "The Premature Burial," he also wrote mystery thrillers like "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" or "The Mystery of Marie Roget," and curious stories like "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether." The best of his chilling horror stories and other suspenseful tales are presented here in one fantastic volume, providing an ideal introduction to this master of the macabre for those unfamiliar with Poe’s work, or a welcome return to Poe’s dark and mysterious world for committed enthusiasts.
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Read information about the authorThe name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.
Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself. He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author’s name.
The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children. His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe’s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls’ school. Within three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe’s handwriting on the backs of Allan’s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.
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