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- DescriptionRead throughout the world, admired by Dostoyevsky and translated by Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe has become a legendary figure, representing the artist as obsessed outcast and romantic failure. His nightmarish visions, shaped by cool artistic calculation, reveal some of the dark possibilities of human experience. His ermous popularity and his continuing influence of literature depend less on legend or vision than on his stylistic and formal accomplishments as a writer of fiction and a great lyric poet. In this complete and uniquely authoritative Library of America collection, well-kwn tales of mystery and imagination and his best-kwn verse are collected with early poems, rarely published stories and humorous sketches, and the ecstatic prose poem Eureka. Poe's poetry is famous both for the musicality of To Helen and The City in the Sea and for the hyptic, incantatory rhythms of The Raven and Ulalume. The Fall of the House of Usher and The Cask of Amontillado show his mastery of Gothic horror; The Pit and the Pendulum is a classic of terror and suspense. Poe invented the modern detective story in The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and developed the form of science fiction that was to influence, among others, Jules Verne and Thomas Pynchon. Poe was also adept at the humorous sketch of playful jeu d'esprit, such as X-ing a Paragraph or Never Bet the Devil Your Head. All his stories reveal his high regard for technical proficiency and for what he called rationation. Poe's fugitive early poems, stories rarely collected (such as Bon-Bon, King Pest, Mystification, and The Duc De L'Omelette), his only attempt at drama, Politian these and much more are included in this comprehensive collection, presented chrologically to show Poe's development toward Eureka: A Prose Poem, his culminating vision of an indeterminate universe, printed here for the first time as Poe revised it and intended it should stand. A special feature of this volume is the care taken to select an authoritative text of each work. The printing and publishing history of every item has been investigated in order to choose a version that incorporates all of Poe's own revisions without reproducing the errors or changes introduced by later editors. Here, then, is one of America's and the world's most disturbing, powerful, and inventive writers published in the first truly dependable collection of Poe's poetry and tales.
- Author BiographyPatrick Quinn (1918-1999), the editor of this volume, wasProfessor of English at Wellesley College and the author of The French Face of Edgar Allan Poe, among other works.
- Author(s)Edgar Allan Poe
- PublisherThe Library of America
- Date of Publication31/12/1998
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe Library of America
- Weight866 g
- Width133 mm
- Height207 mm
- Spine44 mm
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