Tales and Sketches: 1831-1842

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University of Illinois Press, 2000 - Fiction - 1451 pages
Promising spine-tingling delights and sleepless nights, this annotated edition of Tales and Sketches is a treasure trove for scholars and general readers alike, confirming Edgar Allan Poe's status as one of literary art's "most brilliant but erratic stars".

This volume is the first of two, edited by the consummate Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott, collecting all the tales of a master of the uncanny, the unnerving, and the terrifying. Each volume is enriched with Mabbott's detailed and authoritative notes on sources, the history and collation of all known texts authorized by Poe, and variants of Poe's "final" version.

Marrying grotesque inventiveness with superb plot construction, Poe's strikingly original tales often use only one main character and one main incident. In many of them, horror and suspense, revenge and torture, are laced with hilarious satire. Volume I includes "Ms. Found in a Bottle", the horrific "Berenice", "Ligeia" (which Poe considered his finest tale), "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", and one of his most famous stories, "The Fall of the House of Usher".

 

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Contents

EARLIEST IMAGINATIVE PROSE 18261831
3
AN OLD ENGLISH TALE
4
SUMMER AND WINTER
5
TALES OF THE FOLIO CLUB 18311835
13
METZENGERSTEIN
15
THE DUG DE LOMELETTE
31
A TALE OF JERUSALEM
41
A DECIDED LOSS
51
THE DEVIL IN THE BELFRY
362
THE MAN THAT WAS USED UP
376
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
392
WILLIAM WILSON
422
THE CONVERSATION OF EIROS AND CHARMION
451
WHY THE LITTLE FRENCHMAN WEARS HIS HAND IN A SLING
462
PREFACE FOR TALES OF THE GROTESQUE AND ARABESQUE
471
INTERLUDE 1840
477

AND LOSS OF BREATH
61
THE BARGAIN LOST
83
AND BONBON
96
EPIMANES FOUR BEASTS IN ONE
117
MS FOUND IN A BOTTLE
130
THE VISIONARY THE ASSIGNATION
148
LIONIZING
169
SHADOWA PARABLE
187
SIOPE SILENCE
192
THE FOLIO CLUB
200
BERENICE
207
MORELLA
221
KING PEST
238
OTHER TALES 18361839
259
VON JUNG MYSTIFICATION
291
LIGEIA
305
HOW TO WRITE A BLACKWOOD ARTICLE
334
PETER PENDULUM THE BUSINESS MAN
480
CABS
493
PHILOSOPHY OF FURNITURE
494
THE MAN OF THE CROWD
505
TALES 18411842
521
A DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM
574
THE ISLAND OF THE FAY
597
THE COLLOQUY OF MONOS AND UNA
607
NEVER BET YOUR HEAD NEVER BET THE DEVIL YOUR HEAD
619
ELEONORA
635
A SUCCESSION OF SUNDAYS THREE SUNDAYS IN A WEEK
648
LIFE IN DEATH THE OVAL PORTRAIT
659
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
667
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
678
THE LANDSCAPE GARDEN
700
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Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. In 1827, he enlisted in the United States Army and his first collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems, was published. In 1835, he became the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. Over the next ten years, Poe would edit a number of literary journals including the Burton's Gentleman's Magazine and Graham's Magazine in Philadelphia and the Broadway Journal in New York City. It was during these years that he established himself as a poet, a short story writer, and an editor. His works include The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, A Descent into the Maelstrom, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Raven. He struggle with depression and alcoholism his entire life and died on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40.

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