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This collection chronicles the fiction and non fiction classics by the greatest writers the world has ever known. The inclusion of both popular as well as overlooked pieces is pivotal to providing a broad and representative collection of classic works.contains:The Purloined LetterThe Thousand-and-second Tale of ScheherazadeA Descent into the MaelstromVon Kempelen and his DThis collection chronicles the fiction and non fiction classics by the greatest writers the world has ever known. The inclusion of both popular as well as overlooked pieces is pivotal to providing a broad and representative collection of classic works.contains:The Purloined LetterThe Thousand-and-second Tale of ScheherazadeA Descent into the MaelstromVon Kempelen and his DiscoveryMesmeric RevelationThe Facts in the Case of M. ValdemarThe Black CatThe Fall of the House of UsherSilence - A FableThe Masque of the Red DeathThe Cask of AmontilladoThe Imp of the PerverseThe Island of the FayThe AssignationThe Pit and the PendulumThe Premature BurialThe Domain of ArnheimLandor's CottageWilliam WilsonThe Tell-tale HeartBereniceEleonora...

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  • Kenya Wright
    2018-11-11 12:35

    If Edgar was alive I would give him a blow job....

  • Melanti
    2018-10-29 15:26

    A very mixed bag.This anthology contains many of Poe's most well-known and well-regarded horror stories. Those were excellent, though not quite as good as I remembered them to be. But it also contains quite a few that are dull enough that they were a chore to read, and at least one that was so impenetrable that I read the same page a dozen times and still barely comprehended what Poe was trying to say. But I'm glad to have (finally) read "William Wilson", which I've been meaning to read for quite a while now.

  • P
    2018-10-24 10:36

    "The Purloined letter" is just one example of why so much of Poe's writing has stood the test of time.He's 'sui generis'.

  • Marina
    2018-10-19 10:17

    What I found out reading this book, and also the first volume of the series, is that my worship of Edgar Allan Poe has waned through the years. I had first read almost all of his short stories as a young adult, and completely fell in love with them. Now, re-reading them, this time in English, I found that, while I still like them a lot, I don't feel such love for them.There are some stories which are worth all the effort and which are definitely 5 stars for me - I'm thinking of The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, Berenice. Others are 4 stars, as they are great, although I no more think that they are masterpieces: The Purloined Letter, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death.However, some of the stories I found just plain boring, and that's where Poe starts philosophizing about everything. He certainly was a great thinker, but I simply find those stories not worth a second read.On the whole, this is a very good collection of (mostly) very good short stories, therefore the overall 4 stars.

  • Kimberly Duquette
    2018-10-22 09:29

    “TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?” And so begins “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. The images and characters that Poe presented are still captivating today. Known for his dark, gothic themes, Poe’s work was hugely influential to the short story, horror, and mystery, and genres.

  • B. Zedan
    2018-11-12 16:37

    Ah, here are the "classics" of Poe—The Purloined Letter, The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death. But in between are more of those skipping tales of fancy, like The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherezade, wherein she is a smart-ass and it ends badly. And tucked in at the end are two pieces that I was wildly excited about, primarily Landor's Cottage (which The Domain of Arnheim is but a set-up for):"One thing became more and more evident the longer I gazed: an artist, and one with a most scrupulous eye for form, had superintended all these arrangements. The greatest care had been taken to preserve a due medium between the neat and graceful on the one hand, and the picturesque, in the true sense of the Italian term, on the other. There were few straight, and no long uninterrupted lines. The same effect of curvature or of color appeared twice, usually, but not oftener, at any one point of view. Everywhere was variety in uniformity. It was a piece of "composition," in which the most fastidiously critical taste could scarcely have suggested an emendation."Eee! Gothic Revival gardening—a vibrant rebuttal to the staid classic style's geometry and control of form—with influences in theatre dressing and nature at its wildest, here described so heart-rendingly and with perfect form. Why the crap do we only pay attention to the probable incest of Usher?

  • Diana Long
    2018-10-17 14:17

    In this second volume of short stories, the author takes us though a journey of first person narratives, sometimes he is the ear and at other times he is the voice and always the thoughts of each character as they relate the tale. I was not surprised at the macabre in his works, I was well familiar with them. What I was not expecting in a few was the romantic side of Poe which came out in several of the stories. As my journey continues in discovering Poe I find he was very well educated and broached all areas of the physical and spiritual aspects of the human nature and sciences. He has undoubtedly been versed in several languages as well as subject matter and it comes into his writing. In this volume a few more notable works appear especially "A Descent Into The Maelstrom", "The Black Cat", "The Fall Of The House Of Usher", "The Masque Of The Red Death", "The Pit And The Pendulum" and "The Premature Burial", just to name a few. The movie industry has taken advantage of Poe in using his stories as the basis for visual productions but one should not forget that being "based" on does not mean the movie will be identical to the original story. Very worthwhile and enjoyable read.

  • Chinook
    2018-11-15 15:26

    I think I've now read Poe's most famous stories, which is interesting since I've got vol.s 1, 3 and 4 to go. A few of the stories were really similar to each other - for example The Tell-Tale Heart and the one earlier in the collection where the character does almost exactly the same thing at the end. I do like how he has this long lead up to what's going on because in the good stories, this adds to the suspense. In the ones I liked less though it was really tedious. Let's blame the baby for the fact that this was meant to be read in October, as my plan was to read a volume each year. Didn't expect it to take until December! Oops.

  • Justin
    2018-11-16 08:32

    I enjoyed this a lot more than Volume I. The tales were a little darker and more fantastic. It included the Fall of the House of Usher and The Pit and the Pendulum. Someone had made the comment here earlier that it was best to 'stick to the better-known pieces - everything else is mediocre' (Forgive the inexact paraphrase). I found this to be partially true. There were some where I felt Poe was stretching and I felt no resonance or terror at all. There were other stories that I had not heard of before (Arnheim, William Wilson) that I thought were quite well done. I definitely plan on continuing my voyage through the succeeding volumes.

  • Lanko
    2018-10-23 14:16

    Probably should have read it at night. Also, only contained four short stories, only one really creepy. Can't really complain though, it was free.Despite saying that and with this rating, Edgar Allan Poe was a true master and an inspiration to the genre. But they could have brought better stories into this. It's possible it could have been the editing/translation of my version, but again, wasn't exactly a joyful read, except for one really good story. Also felt the ones chosen were a bit repetitive by the "culprit" going insane with guild and revealing everything anyway by some dumb move.

  • Mimi
    2018-11-05 10:17

    If I have to say something about this masterpiece I think that tiny little box won't fit; because inevitably I'll find myself digging my way through each short story and Poem I've come across; One of the beauties of Poe is that, since his work was all poetry & short stories, you can get everything in a one volume addition like this one. A must-read. A whole new journey you're going to undergo.

  • Whitney Watercutter
    2018-11-13 14:20

    Thanks to my grandmother, who let me read these out loud for hours. This is where I began reading to people. Nobody else lets me read Poe, though.

  • Matthias
    2018-11-10 11:33

    Es gibt nichts Besseres nach trüben, ereignislosen Tagen.

  • Ehna
    2018-11-16 08:34

    It takes a little while to get used to Poe's long and winding style of writing. It is hard to rate this collection as a whole. It contains brilliant stories like The Telltale Heart, The Purloined Letter and The Black Cat - but there are also pieces which I found to be mediocre, and a bit of a chore to read. Overall I am happy to have read this, but the lack of curation makes the reading experience bumpy and uneven. It will satisfy those who want to familiarize themselves with the more unknown works of Poe, but for the average reader a selected "Best of" collection will likely be more enjoyable.

  • Julie
    2018-11-15 10:11

    This was more for the tales I hadn't read before, and I found them tedious and overworked. I'll keep reading the rest of his writing, but this collection felt meh to me.

  • Noah
    2018-10-18 10:15

    This volume has many of Poe's famous classics, and it's easy to see why they are so famous. With his incredible skill, I'm surprised more of his works are not more famous.

  • Alex H
    2018-10-24 13:31

    Due to my fascination for dark stories that can both scare and intrigue the reader, it was an inevitable fate that I pick up pieces from the genius literary minds of H. P. Lovecraft and of course Edgar Allan Poe. This semester I read The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe by none other than Edgar Allan Poe. I found every story to be similar to an amusement park ride, you get on feeling anxious with the title of the attraction drawing you in and after a thrilling turn of events with surprises around every turn you leave feeling quite satisfied (and sometimes a little nauseous!)Stories such as The Cask of Amontillado, A Descent into the Maelstrom, Silence, The Tell-Tale Heart and Never Bet the Devil Your Head were personal favorites of mine because of the intriguing stories and thought provoking endings that occurred. These works left me with lots of excitement and intrigue as I followed each character as they either rose to become wiser and grown individuals or ended up slowly sinking into madness until they made that last fatal decision. Although I never found that the fates of the characters would happen for no reason because of the interesting pasts they had that would help form who they would become. In stories such as Silence, the main character learns the importance of the landscape around him with the character cursing aloud, therefore he affects the world “with the curse of silence, the and the lilies, and the wind, and the forest, and the heaven and the thunder...(becoming) still” These effects that leave you taking something more out of many of his stories helped me to enjoy The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe.The more I read this collection of literary pieces, I felt a connection between Poe’s work and strangely enough J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and the effects each book had on me. I came to see the connection between the two authors with their use of dark imagery to paint a story full of vile evils. The characters also have similarities in the way that they have intriguing origins that help to make up who they are and why they act a certain way. Seeing the characters of Poe’s stories grow as the tale progressed was also similar to the way the Harry Potter characters grew throughout the series. Finally, I found the same enjoyment I received from reading the Harry Potter series as I found in reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe with the dark illustrations they portrayed and the memorable characters they featured.I rate The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe 5 out of 5 stars, it was a joy to read this book. The fact that I found new stories that aren’t very well known but still gave me a thrill which I think really solidifies how great of an author Edgar Allan Poe really was. I hope I will get the chance to read more stories like Edgar Allan Poe’s work.

  • Zuzana
    2018-10-17 13:21

    Several of the stories are brilliant, several are terribly boring. The rest is good.1/ The Purloined Letterthe third of Auguste Dupin Tales, not as good as The Murders in the Rue Morgue2/The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherazadethe one tale that cost Sheherezade's life3/A Descent into the Maelstroma classic, a sailor recounts how he survived a shipwreck and a great whirlpool4/ Von Kempelen and his Discoverya literary hoax in a form of news article, intended to make readers believe that the philosopher's stone was discovered5/ Mesmeric Revelation6/ The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemarboth stories are about mesmerists who put a man in a suspended hypnotic state at the moment of death, another literary hoax7/ The Black Catanother classic, a narrative of a murderer8/ The Fall of the House of Usheranother classic tale with a horror feel9/ Silence - a fablewhat devil has to say about men10/ The Masque of the Red Deathchilling allegory11/ The Cask of Amontilladoa study in revenge12/ The Imp of the Perversewhat's it with Poe and his fascination with murderers13/The Island of the Fay14/ The Assignationtragic romance in Venice15/ The Pit and the Pendulumhorrors of Spanish inquisition16/ The Premature Burialclassical horror17/ The Domain of Arnheim18/Landor's Cottagepointless and boring descriptions of scenery19/ William Wilsondoppelganger story20/ Berenicemonomaniac's obsession with teeth? Sounds silly, but it makes for a chilling story.21/Eleonoraeternal love vow and what comes of breaking it

  • Bernardo Arcos Álvarez
    2018-10-25 13:19

    Tardé casi cuatro meses en leer este libro. Poe fue un genio, de eso no hay duda; tenía una creatividad literalmente endemoniada, un pensamiento original y retorcido. Sin embargo, fue todo un desafío leerlo en inglés, probablemente sea todo un desafío incluso para un angloparlante nativo. Su lenguaje llega a ser tan complicado como el de Shakespeare mismo, sus descripciones kilométricas hacen que uno conozca a la perfección el escenario, mientras en segundo plano se desarrolla la historia, casi inadvertida. Muchas de las narraciones en este volumen han pasado a la historia, pero hay también algunas que son insufribles. Landor's Cottage fue un martirio, me causó el mismo sufrimiento que leer a Dickens. Por otra parte, los relatos de Berenice y Eleonora pueden arrancarle lágrimas a una roca: es en el sufrimiento cuando un artista crea obras inmortales, es en estos cuentos en los que Poe lamenta su maldición, la de ver morir a toda mujer que ha amado.Si se tiene mucho tiempo y algo de valentía, vale la pena leer esta compilación."Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are, have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been."

  • Jean
    2018-10-23 12:13

    Many of these stories have been reviewed separately on my shelves. This volume contains:The Purloined LetterThe Thousand-and-second Tale of ScheherazadeA Descent into the MaelstromVon Kempelen and his DiscoveryMesmeric RevelationThe Facts in the Case of M. ValdemarThe Black CatThe Fall of the House of UsherSilence - A FableThe Masque of the Red DeathThe Cask of AmontilladoThe Imp of the PerverseThe Island of the FayThe AssignationThe Pit and the PendulumThe Premature BurialThe Domain of ArnheimLandor's CottageWilliam WilsonThe Tell-tale HeartBereniceEleonora

  • Greg
    2018-10-22 16:25

    This book has some real high points and some real humdrum boring parts, but overall it was an enjoyable read. I liked how many of Poe's stories were narrated by murderers, deranged, and delusional characters. At the end you ask yourself what part of it was real and what was in the person's head. Many of these stories I was familiar with even if I hadn't read them all, but there were some hidden gems in here as well. I especially enjoyed The Adventures of A. Gordon Pym, which was EAP's only completed novel. It was idiosyncratic and had a strange ending, but kept me riveted until the end.

  • Adam
    2018-11-16 08:19

    Goodreads didn't seem to have the exact edition of the volume I read but this one is close enough. It really showcases some of Poe's best and most haunting work. The Tell-Tale Heart is still one of my all time favorite short stories. Add that to tales like The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Premature Burial, this is a volume guaranteed to keep you up at night. Of course not every story in the volume is fantastic but the ones that are heavily outweight those that are not.

  • Loretta
    2018-10-25 11:13

    I can't give this a rating because it's not quite the right book. I downloaded a free e-book from kobo, and the only Poe work in it that I recognized was the Raven. The other stuff was...really very not interesting. Some essays on poetry, some strange short stories. I am guessing this is a collection of his early work, but I cannot find the right book/edition in goodreads, nor in Gutenberg. So I will leave this unrated, and try and find some of the good Poe stuff to read, sometime soon. It was worth it to read the Raven again, though. LOVE that poem.

  • Ted Wolf
    2018-10-21 14:11

    This volume contains a lot of Poe's best known stories including The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado and The Fall of the House of Usher as well as many others. However, there are also some less well known works that are quite dull like the two "sketches" The Domain of Arnheim and Landor's Cottage. Since this book is in the public domain and therefore available for free, I recommend downloading it and just picking out the most famous stories to read and skipping the others.

  • Tracie
    2018-11-10 14:27

    Really, it's overrated. As a huge fan of Gothic literature, I was expecting to see Poe as a hero... really, there isn't anything scary about his books. I tried to like them, I really did, but I couldn't really find anything about them that I enjoyed. The Raven was excellent, though. One of my favorite poems to date. The perfect mix of mystery, darkness, and suspense.

  • Rachel
    2018-11-08 14:29

    I give it a 3.5. Some stories were brilliant and others just tedious. Details were warranted in some stories and others it just dragged on and on. But, I am of a different time period so I should probably adjust my feelings about that in relation to the quality of writing which is high. Most enjoyed ´The Pit and the Pendulum', 'The Black Cat', 'William Wilson' and ´The Cask of Amontillado'.

  • Nepeta Leijon
    2018-10-20 09:23

    Edgar Allan Poe is...amazing. He is such a great inspiration in writing. I cannot see how people call him overrated.He was a genius and yes, I am a huge Poe fan.His stories are so disturbing and thought provoking that they give me chills. Poe is not scary, he is disturbing, thrilling, but most of all, amazing.

  • John Cress
    2018-10-19 12:32

    There is some great stories in this volume including Tell Tell Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, the Black Cat, and The Fall of the House of Usher. All 4 of these stories made the volume 2 collection for me. Give this one a whirl if you have time.

  • Madeline Stone
    2018-11-12 15:19

    Some of the stories are very interesting. They are almost all creepy as I expected, those which are not are rambling. It seems Poe did not think it worth his while to rivet his audience with any device but dread. The exception to this was the first chapter, The Purloined Letter.

  • Joseph Devoll
    2018-11-02 11:25

    I've read just about everything Poe has written. I started reading his work early in my life. In modern day his works may not be as "scary" as others, but he tells one heck of a story. So for all the kids out there, pick up some of his classic darkness!