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Complete Tales & Poems

by Edgar Allan Poe

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | September 12, 1975 | Trade Paperback

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All of the tales by the master of the detective and the macabre story. 53 of his best-known poems plus essays and criticisms.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1040 pages, 3.16 × 2.05 × 0.72 in

Published: September 12, 1975

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0394716787

ISBN - 13: 9780394716787

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Complete Tales & Poems

by Edgar Allan Poe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1040 pages, 3.16 × 2.05 × 0.72 in

Published: September 12, 1975

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0394716787

ISBN - 13: 9780394716787

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All of the tales by the master of the detective and the macabre story. 53 of his best-known poems plus essays and criticisms.

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All of the tales by the master of the detective and the macabre story. 53 of his best-known poems plus essays and criticisms.

About the Author

There has never been any doubt about Poe's enormous literary significance, but, with regard to his ultimate artistic merit, there has been considerable disagreement. To some he is little more than a successful charlatan, whose literary performances are only a virtuoso's display of stunning, but finally shallow, effects. Others, however, are struck by Poe's profound probing of the human psyche, his philosophical sophistication, and his revolutionary attitude toward literary language. No doubt both sides of this argument are in part true in their assessments. Poe's work is very uneven, sometimes reaching great literary heights, at other times striking the honest reader as meaningless, pathetic, or simply wrong-headed. This is not surprising, considering the personal turmoil that characterized so much of Poe's short life. Poe was extreme in his literary views and practices; balance and equilibrium were not literary values that he prized. Scorning the didactic element in poetry, Poe sought to separate beauty from morality. In his best poems, such as "The City in the Sea" (1836), he achieved an intensification of sound sufficient to threaten the common sense of the poetic line and release a buried, even a morbid, sense that would enchant the reader by the sonic pitch of the poem. Defining poetry as "the rhythmic creation of beauty," Poe not only sought the dream buried beneath the poetic vision---Coleridge had already done that---but also abandoned the moral rationale that gave th
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