The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

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Wordsworth Editions, 2004 - 1040页

Edgar Poe was born the son of itinerant actors on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusets. Abandoned by his father and the later death of his mother, he was taken into the foster care of John Allan, a Virginia tobacco farmer. Now styled as Edgar Allan Poe, he distinguished himself at the University of Virginia but was equally adept at collecting debts from his assiduous gambling. His stepfather's disapproval shattered their fragile relationship and Poe left home to seek his fortune.

In 1836 he married his cousin Virginia but despite his prolific activities - journalism, poetry, lecturing, short stories, publishing, criticism and experimentation with fictional genres, including the detective novel which he virtually invented with the publication of The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) - he received scant recognition for his efforts until the publication of The Raven in 1845. The poem's instant popularity gave him a new visibility in literary circles, but his personal situation remained desperate: poverty, illness, drink, and the physical decline and ultimate death of Virginia in 1847 led to his untimely and premature decline. In 1849 he was found sick, injured and semi-conscious in a Baltimore tavern. Taken to hospital, he lingered on for four days, but never recovered and on October 7th Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of 40.

He was one of the most original writers in the history of American letters - a genius who, thanks to his dire reputation, was tragically misunderstood during his lifetime. It was not until Baudelaire enthusiastically translated his work that he found a wider audience in Europe, and became not only an enormous influence on modern French literature but also on the acclaimed work of writers such as Dostoevsky, Conan Doyle and Jules Verne.

 

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用户评价  - DanielSTJ - LibraryThing

This was quite a good selection, nearly complete, of Edgar Allan Poe's works. It contains some of his most famous ones, as well as the inclusion of his complete poems. What I found on reading this was ... 阅读完整评价

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用户评价  - quoddy - LibraryThing

It's a pretty good book. Edgar just continues to baffle and amaze. He should be an inspiration to all authors. Well, maybe not so much kids authors. But you get the point. 阅读完整评价

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目录

The Murders in the Rue Morgue
2
The Mystery of Marie Rogét
26
Mystification
46
The Black Cat
61
The GoldBug
68
Ligeia
94
A Descent into the Maelström
106
The Telltale Heart
117
Diddling
345
The Angel of the Odd
353
Mellonta Tauta
360
The ThousandandSecond Tale of Scheherazade
369
Xing a Paragrab
383
A Tale of Jerusalem
394
Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling
400
The Duc De LOmelette
416

The Assignation
134
MS Found in a Bottle
143
William Wilson
151
Berenice
165
The Fall of the House of Usher
171
The Cask of Amontillado
184
The Pit and the Pendulum
190
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
200
The Man of the Crowd
207
Morella
214
The Oblong Box
228
The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion
236
The Masque of the Red Death
247
The Imp of the Perverse
261
HopFrog
272
HUMOR AND SATIRE
281
Loss of Breath
329
The Man that Was Used Up
338
The Devil in the Belfry
423
Lionizing
429
The Spectacles
445
Four Beasts in One
463
Never Bet the Devil Your Head
469
FLIGHTS AND FANTASIES
477
Mesmeric Revelation
487
Eleonora
494
King Pest
536
The Island of the Fay
545
The Domain of Arnheim
551
Landors Cottage
561
The Power of Words
570
Shadow a Parable
579
THE NARRATIVE OF A GORDON PVM OF NANTUCKET
589
PREFACE TO THE POEMS
715
Poems Written in Youth
753
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作者简介 (2004)

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. In 1827, he enlisted in the United States Army and his first collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems, was published. In 1835, he became the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. Over the next ten years, Poe would edit a number of literary journals including the Burton's Gentleman's Magazine and Graham's Magazine in Philadelphia and the Broadway Journal in New York City. It was during these years that he established himself as a poet, a short story writer, and an editor. His works include The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, A Descent into the Maelstrom, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Raven. He struggle with depression and alcoholism his entire life and died on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40.

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