96 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 in
October 4, 1995
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0486287440
ISBN - 13: 9780486287447
About the Book
"The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter" introduce C. Auguste Dupin, the first fictional detective. Also included: "William Wilson," "MS. Found in a Bottle" and "The Oblong Box."
From the Publisher
These 5 stories engagingly reveal Poe's virtuoso gifts for both crime detection and the macabre. Includes 2 of his most famous tales, "The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter," which introduces C. Auguste Dupin, the first fictional detective. Also features "William Wilson," a chilling tale of crime and evil.
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