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The Best Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

The Best Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe This volume contains a collection of some of the best short stories ever written by Edgar Allan Poe A master of the macabre Poe exhibits his literary prowess in these classic short stories Contained

  • Title: The Best Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Author: Edgar Allan Poe
  • ISBN: 9781420927030
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • This volume contains a collection of some of the best short stories ever written by Edgar Allan Poe A master of the macabre, Poe exhibits his literary prowess in these classic short stories Contained within this volume are the following The Gold Bug, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Balloon Hoax, The Purloined Letter, A Descent into the Maelstrom, The Black Cat, The FThis volume contains a collection of some of the best short stories ever written by Edgar Allan Poe A master of the macabre, Poe exhibits his literary prowess in these classic short stories Contained within this volume are the following The Gold Bug, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Balloon Hoax, The Purloined Letter, A Descent into the Maelstrom, The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell Tale Heart.

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    1. Edgar Allan Poe is definitely depressing. I was really interested in the quotes starting each story. Fortunately, I was able to translate some of it; however, it was pretty confusing, so I had to research the rest. In the end, I found that the quote before The Pit and the Pendulum says, “Here an unholy mob of torturers, with an unquenchable thirst for human blood, once fed their long frenzy. Our homeland is safe now, the baneful pit destroyed, and what was once a place of savage death is now a [...]

    2. The Tell Tale Heart is a story from this collection that would work well in an 8th grade classroom. It involves a speaker justifying his recent murder of a man with an unusual eye. It could work in tandem with The Landlady in an investigation of the horror literary genre. Instead of using The Tell Tale Heart as a model text for student work, students could do a Text Reformulation of the story. Most effectively, students could do an illustration or a graphic novel type reformulation to imagine ho [...]

    3. The Gold-Bug - read 17th-18th April 2012This is such an effortless, fluent, fantastically formed short story. A curious story about a hunt for treasure, and a code-breaking pirate map. Great detail has gone into the execution of the tale, and I have just read that it was the apparent inspiration of R. L. Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' which I had no idea about, but is easy to see why!The Murders In The Rue Morgue read 7th May'The first detective story' Truly fascinating, this short story is clear [...]

    4. I read all the stories in one nightWhat fun Mr.Poe and I have! It is 2:45 am and time for me to turn out the lightI guess I will find out just how much fun it truly was or how frightening.I have a feeling it will be the latter!As long as I don't think about the cat I should survive the nighters crossed!

    5. ummmmmmm, i guess i just got into the emo mood with the two last stories. the narrative lost me sometimes. i really really liked 'the tell-tale heart'. review to be revised upon studying in class :)

    6. *shrug*My favourite stories were "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Masque of the Red Death". Overall it was eh. The characters never really had much substance except for "The Tell-Tale Heart". Plots were kind of boring. Just seemed like he throws a bunch of puzzle pieces at the reader and then just decides to solve it himself. The solutions to the mystery short stories always fell short (heh) and some of them a bit far-fetched in the endings that made me go "waht. Really, this is what we're working [...]

    7. some of these stories are so lovable. I like the ones with riddles in it, they require a sherlock type of mind. And like almost anybody the Telltale Heart is splendid.However, some of the stories were so though to get through. the only reason I could was because I knew they would be short. so averaging out the ratings of all stories it is a 3 out of 5

    8. This took me ages to read, the language is just so different from now, it's hard to get into. I have to say a lot of the stories seemed pointless to me, without any central meaning. But I did enjoy 'the black cat' that was by far my favourite. My least favourite was most definitely 'the gold-bug' which began my long struggle to finish this collection.

    9. A short and satisfying read this was. With Poe's obsession with the subject of death, this never seemed dull. There is also a lot about premature burials. The characters are, let's just say, 'unusual'. Unlike some of the most memorable characters, who are dead, this book has a pulse.

    10. I didn't enjoy all of them but overall a pretty good collection. Poe is a great author. I'm glad I read this.Contents/thoughts:The Gold-Bug, (NOV 19/2009): An interesting story to begin with. It has great promise with an actual gold bug and this crazy lunatic looking for gold. But halfway through it pretty much just turns into an instruction booklet for deciphering codes.The Murders in the Rue Morgue, (OCT 23/2009): This is my favourite by far. The manner in which the main character comes to his [...]

    11. "The Best Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe" is a fairly self-explanatorially titled compendium of the celebrated author's greatest works. Ranging from treasure hunts for buried pirate gold, to the brilliant, crime-resolving assertions of a Holmes-like Frenchman, to Poe's universally known tales of the macabre, this collection of short stories is horrifyingly riveting and alarmingly thought-provoking. Though I cannot, in earnest, begin to explain Poe's striking brilliance, his cleverly-devised pr [...]

    12. I have to admit, I only read five of the ten short stories in this book, because I have no motivation to read the others anymore. I bet there is NO short story by Edgar Allan Poe that does not contain the word 'mad'. And very often I found myself thinking "What.Am.Iading?". There are some parallels to the stories, like e.g. very often one of the characters goes mad or is believed to be mad, very often a riddle is somehow to be solved AND the reader gets a fully detailed explanation of this riddl [...]

    13. The works of Edgar Allan Poe are every bit as enigmatic as their author. Poe’s talent for writing short stories is outstanding, but when you include his poetry you start to scratch the surface of the complexities of the man. A man that perhaps needed to always be on the edge of madness to write the stories he wrote. A contemporary of Dicken’s, though they never met the did exchange correspondence and gave praise to one another’s work publicly.Poe still is and has for nearly 200 years, been [...]

    14. I haven't read Poe since junior high and so I decided to read his "best" short stories in keeping with my eerie October reads. Overall, I loved the collection. I was able to see just why Poe is such an icon. His work was chilling, but not graphic or scary enough to keep me, a total wuss, from reading it.The Gold-Bug - *** stars, good introduction to Poe's work because only the very last lines were creepy.The Murders in the Rue Morgue - ** stars, pretty gory, ridiculous plot. It did introduce me [...]

    15. part of me wanted this to be scarer, the other part realizes this is just what i was expecting.After having experienced the most frightening experience of my life in a 'poe' themed promenade theatre evening in Battersea arts center i was determined to delve into the dark world of Edgar Allan Poeme of the stories seem to drag however, and i witness none of that trademark bone chilling tension that has made him so popular- perhaps it because of the wide varieties of themes he tackles and the near [...]

    16. - Ladder series, L3- Time= 68 mins- 7-word summary: mother-dauhter-killed-Dupin-solved-murderer-orangutan- Discussion questions1. Can you recognize some languages when you just hear them?Actually, I can recognize them a little bit. Languages have many characteristic sounds, and that makes some languages sound like themselves.2. If you heard someone screaming and if it sounded like a crime, what would you do?I would never go close to the problem because I would be afraid of watching something. Pr [...]

    17. I read the Oxford Classics Edgar Allen Poe's selected tales. It's a great collection with an ace cover. The stories contain beautiful, compelling language and there is a lovely sense of humour exhibited in Poe's love of madness, which is a recurring theme. My favourite so far is The Tell-Tale Heart, one of his best known short stories, a tale of a madman with an obsession with an old man's dodgy eye. For an example of Poe's beautiful language seek out The Fall of the House of Usher, an atmospher [...]

    18. I bought this book not only because the cover is bright n beautiful (not this checkered boring look) but Poe is also known as a prominent horror author. Though at the time (2000) I only knew his name, not his works shame on me! :pThis is wonderfully written, gives you just enough creeps without going overboard, and leaves you with the chill that lasts for ever. One of my favourites is the Masque of the Red Death, when Death entered every room in the castle and casts its spell, that was just fant [...]

    19. This story is very interesting as is disscussed important,fruitul themes and topics.The Gothic style became popular during the Romantic time period.Edgar was a great example of authors who wrote gothic.We can see this style through the description of the mysterious setting and even characters.Poe heavily rely on symbolism through the house's sinking and the fissure or the cack which symbolize the madness and also the devil discussas Isaid many themes such as death, fear,madness,All these contrib [...]

    20. Not a "beach read", but a "woodsy qiet alone read". No computors, phones or even the imagining of such devices to steal time away from his crafty work. Just a quiet stirring deep among beating pulses, waiting for the frantic scintillating transmission of nerves to jolt our imagination away from the cares of this world. Words, oh words of an overactive unstrung mind gone absolutely wild with visionary plots and schemes! Poe, poetic, immemorial, yet "mear man", until the end.

    21. This book swept me away to this other wonderful world. The setting was brilliantly set. I could totally see it in my mind. But the characters were definitely my favorite part. They are all so colorful, interesting, exciting, and hilarious. The main character is just perfect. The plot moved fast enough that I couldn't stop reading lest I miss something, but the author still took the time to flesh out the details. The details are what really make or break a story.

    22. As far as I'm concerned he's the ultimate writer of "thriller" type stories. These scare me but not too much and they scare me more through anticipation than gruesome acts. Got hooked on him when I was in Junior High and have always like his stories. XM radio replays many of them on Saturdays (not during election years though when POTUS 08 takes over Sonic Theatre station on Saturdays!!!GRRRR!!)

    23. The book I have is called Great Tales of Horror, by Poe, but they don't have that copy on here. I really enjoyed reading this. It was very interesting. Some of the stories were a little wordy, and some were very concise. I did enjoy it though. Poe is definitely an interesting, and rather disturbing man

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