Best known for his poems and short fiction, Poe perfected the psychological thriller, invented the detective story, and rarely missed transporting the reader to his own supernatural realm. He has also been hailed posthumously as one of the finest literary critics of the nineteenth century. Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story.
Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Poe was born in Boston, the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in , and his mother died the following year.
They never formally adopted him, but Poe was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed later as John Allan and Edgar repeatedly clashed over debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of secondary education for the young man. Poe attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. Poe quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the Army in under an assumed name.
It was at this time that his publishing career began, albeit humbly, with the anonymous collection of poems Tamerlane and Other Poems , credited only to "a Bostonian". With the death of Frances Allan in , Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement. However, Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with John Allan.
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This is well worth the small price you pay for it! I have a nice hard cover edition of Poe's complete works but it is quite thick and heavy so it's almost impossible to take any where to read so it is so awesome to have all of his works on my Kindle. There are a number of Poe Complete Works available for the Kindle, some free, some more than the 99 cents I paid for this one.
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I have loved Poe stories since I was very young and have always wanted a complete works. I chose this version because I can go to the Table of Contents and click on the story or poem that I want to read. It also has some biographical information at the beginning that includes press releases written at the time of Poe's untimely death. This was an impulse buy while I was watching the movie "The Raven" which is a fictional account of Poe's last days.
I recommend the movie, by the way. The Kindle book loaded in no time and it's easy for me to go back to the Table of Contents on my Kindle Fire just by swiping the bar at the bottom of the screen back to the beginning. There are no illustrations or pictures of Poe with this Kindle version but I didn't care about that some versions have that feature but it costs more. If you love Poe's writings and want a complete works that is easy to navigate and costs very little, this is the version for you.
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For many years, since I was in high school and we studied Edgar Allan Poe I have been an avid fan and have read many of his books numerous times. I am in my 60's now and I plan on re-reading them again, over and over. They never feel or seem "old" to me. His style and historical significance far out weighs what some may consider "old hat" style of writing. He is the master of mystery and suspense and one of the first to write in this genre. And to have ALL of his works in one volume is wonderful.
Anyone who purchases this volume will find out they have scored a book that will be part of their lifetime library! All of the positive reviews here make me believe that either I'm missing something obvious or that the Kindle edition which seems to be what most of these reviews are based on is far superior to the paperback edition. I ordered this book as a birthday gift for my fiance. I wanted to get him a complete collection of Poe's stories and poems.
Nothing fancy, just something basic yet inclusive. We received this book, and it was NOT a collection of Poe's works as it states. Further, I'm aware this is a digital reconstruction, but a huge number of pages in the book had text that was completely illegible. I almost never leave reviews, but we were extremely disappointed with this product and sent it back for a refund. Poe died at the age of 40, the cause of his death a final mystery.
His exact burial location is also a source of controversy.
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His father abandoned the family in , and his mother died of tuberculosis when he was only two, so Poe was taken into the home of John Allan, a successful tobacco merchant in Richmond, Virginia. Although his middle name is often misspelled as "Allen," it is actually "Allan" after this family. After serving an apprenticeship in Pawtucket, Poe registered at the University of Virginia in , but only stayed there for one year.
He was estranged from his foster father at some point in this period over gambling debts Poe had acquired while trying to get more spending money, and so Poe enlisted in the United States Army as a private using the name Edgar A. Perry on May 26, That same year, he released his first book, Al Aaraf. As per his foster mother's deathwish, Poe reconciled with his foster father, who coordinated an appointment for him to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
His time at West Point was ill-fated, however, as Poe supposedly deliberately disobeyed orders and was dismissed. After that, his foster father repudiated him until his death on March 27, Poe next moved to Baltimore, Maryland with his widowed aunt, Maria Clemm, and her daughter, Virginia.
Poe used fiction writing as a means of supporting himself, and in December , Poe began editing the Southern Literary Messenger for Thomas W. Tales Of the Grotesque and Arabesque was published in two volumes. Though not a financial success, it was a milestone in the history of American literature.
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Poe left Burton's after about a year and found a position as assistant editor at Graham's Magazine. One day while Virginia Clemm, who had a lovely voice, was singing for Poe, she coughed and a tiny drop of blood appeared on her lip. It was the first sign of the tuberculosis that would make her an invalid and eventually take her life.
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Poe began to drink more heavily under the stress of Virginia's illness. He left Graham's and attempted to find a new position, for a time angling for a government post. He returned to New York, where he worked briefly at the Evening Mirror before becoming editor of the Broadway Journal.