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30 review for Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Prose and Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Thank you Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone for your excellent narrations of classic author Edgar Allen Poe, audio collection. 7 of 10 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Swarna Pashine

    "Object there was none. Passion there was none" (Poe 244). This may be true for the narrator of The Tell-Tale Heart, but this was definitely untrue of Edgar Allen Poe. Edgar Allen Poe was a 19th century author whose many works have been compiled into the book, Selected Poetry and Prose of Poe, published in the mid-20th century. He is the author of numerous works of poetry, short stories, and essays, and his dark past definitely shines through to his dark, mysterious, and disturbing works of lit "Object there was none. Passion there was none" (Poe 244). This may be true for the narrator of The Tell-Tale Heart, but this was definitely untrue of Edgar Allen Poe. Edgar Allen Poe was a 19th century author whose many works have been compiled into the book, Selected Poetry and Prose of Poe, published in the mid-20th century. He is the author of numerous works of poetry, short stories, and essays, and his dark past definitely shines through to his dark, mysterious, and disturbing works of literature. Overall, I found that Poe's works stood out from other authors of his time. His poems, such as "The Raven, contain stylistic elements that make them unique, such as epistrophe, diction, alliteration, and repetition. His stories, such as The Tell-Tale Heart, contain a balance of unexpected excessive detail and mysterious objectivity. Furthermore, his essays, such as "The Poetic Principle" were influential, but dangerous in that they posed controversy. All in all, Edgar Allen Poe was an unapologetic author who knew how to take risks. Many of his ideas and techniques were too early for his time, but are appreciated after his death, such as this collection. Today, Poe's significance to the world of literature can finally be seen, and this collection is proof that he was a pioneer in the field of mysterious fiction and horror literature. The book, Selected Poetry and Prose of Poe, stood out to me as a reader since it kept me on my feet. I have only recently dipped my feet in the pool of the genre of horror, and Poe's works were definitely the place to start. The stories were unpredictable, but not confusing. There were plot twists, but not plot holes. His ideas were bold and new, but not radical. I would undoubtedly recommend this book to other readers of various backgrounds and interests. Before reading this book, I thought historical fiction was my favorite genre of literature, but Poe's works opened the doors to a whole new field of interest for me. I believe that despite their interests or preconceptions of Poe's style of writing, Poe's Selected Poetry and Prose of Poe would appeal to many readers, one of whom may be you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    never really read much poe before, except the raven and tell tale heart in school. it was interesting to see some other works of his. you can definitely see where he influenced writers that came after him. favorite short stories: william wilson the pit and the pendulum the gold bug bernice it was also interesting to read his critiques and philosophy. one always just thinks of poe as some crazy snape-like character that writes weird stuff. he is actually incredibly smart, and an excellent poet. this too never really read much poe before, except the raven and tell tale heart in school. it was interesting to see some other works of his. you can definitely see where he influenced writers that came after him. favorite short stories: william wilson the pit and the pendulum the gold bug bernice it was also interesting to read his critiques and philosophy. one always just thinks of poe as some crazy snape-like character that writes weird stuff. he is actually incredibly smart, and an excellent poet. this took way too long to read. i started it because i was reading a few books and i thought it would be good to read a short story from time to time to change things up. there is a 250 page "short story" thrown into the middle of the collection, and it finishes with a 100+ page metaphysical explanation of the universe as poe understood it based on his ideas and the scientific ideas of the times. not exactly things to read in between chapters, so the book sat on the back burner for a few week+ long stretches.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This was, for me, a great reminder of Poe’s short stories. As someone who thought of Poe as primarily a poet, reading selected short stories from this book was a wonderful way to pass a few winter afternoons. The stories were mostly short enough to fit into a days commute as well which was nice. Despite, Poe’s morbid mentality carried through as a dominant mood for most of the works, what struck me chiefly was his near worship of logic in many of the short stories. Many of the characters exhibite This was, for me, a great reminder of Poe’s short stories. As someone who thought of Poe as primarily a poet, reading selected short stories from this book was a wonderful way to pass a few winter afternoons. The stories were mostly short enough to fit into a days commute as well which was nice. Despite, Poe’s morbid mentality carried through as a dominant mood for most of the works, what struck me chiefly was his near worship of logic in many of the short stories. Many of the characters exhibited either near superhuman logic or a logic so corrupted with disease as to render the character more monster-ous than any animal could ever be.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Keith Davis

    Edgar Allan Poe was one of the three best writers America has produced; the other two are Mark Twain and William Faulkner. All of his work is in the public domain so there are lots of inexpensive collections, but this paperback has all the famous stories and poems as well as some that are not as well know but very much worth reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John

    this was only the fourth of a 20 volume set, I have read so far. I did not like most of it in any way. the essay, THE POWER OF WORDS was ok and THE PHILOSOPHY OF FURNITURE was fun to read even though I disagreed with the author on most of his thoughts.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I'm a Poe fan. I don't know what it is, I just really like him. I enjoy finding patterns throughout his short stories and as creepy as some are, I just really like them. This is a good collection that I keep on my bookshelf.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Favorite tales: The Fall of the House of Usher The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Oval Portrait The Masque of the Red Death The Pit and the Pendulum The Tell-Tale Heart The Black Cat The Purloined Letter The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar The Cask of Amontillado Hop-Frog

  9. 4 out of 5

    Larry Bowman

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    David Lee Phelan

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    Ian Marten

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    Jennifer

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    Lu Mar

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    Denise Spranger

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    Kevin

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    Jack Apricot

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    Jennifer Seiler

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    Jennifer Coldiron

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michele A.

    I like this book so much....some of the works are so scarey.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Richards

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