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Since their first publication in the 1830s and 1840s, Edgar Allan Poe's extraordinary Gothic tales have established themselves as classics of horror fiction and have also created many of the conventions which still dominate the genre of detective fiction. Yet, as well as being highly enjoyable, Poe's tales are works of very real intellectual exploration. Abandoning the criteria of characterization and plotting in favour of blurred boundaries between self and other, will and morality, identity and memory, Poe uses the Gothic to question the integrity of human existence. Indeed, Poe is less interested in solving puzzles or in moral retribution than in exposing the misconceptions that make things seem `mysterious' in the first place. Attentive to the historical and political dimensions of these very American tales, this new critical edition selects twenty-four tales and places the most popular - `The Fall of the House of Usher', `The Masque of the Red Death', `The Murders in the Rue Morgue; and `The Purloined Letter' - alongside less well-known travel narratives, metaphysical essays and political satires. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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David Van Leer is Professor of English and American Literature at the University of California, Davis. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .



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His horrible heart 31 août 2010
Par E. A Solinas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I've always had a liking for Edgar Allan Poe, with his tales of horror, mystery and suspense, done in the atmospheric prose of a master writer. Since I live close enough, I've even made some trips to his gravesite, a place that is always surrounded by a sense of sadness.

Poe was a tormented genius who died young, under mysterious circumstances, and at the time of his death he wasn't deservingly popular. Certainly his work was not cute romances for the masses -- he explored the darkness of the human heart, love, satire, and the earliest whodunnit stories. And "Selected Tales " brings together some of his best-known and most influential stories.

Poe's fiction writings include short stories and novellas, which tend to be rather weird -- a treasure-hunt and a golden insect, a man who loses his love in the Valley of the Many-Colored Grass, and stories of despair, madness, and occasionally beauty. There is also his trilogy of Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin stories, which were the first to feature a brilliant detective solving an impossible crime.

And, of course, the horror. This is what Poe is best known for, including such well-known stories as "The Fall Of The House Of Usher." But there are also lesser-known gems -- tales of a plague invading a party, being buried alive, a woman returned from death, a murderer haunted by the heartbeat of his victim, and a ghastly house with its doomed inhabitants.

Don't read too many of Poe's stories all at once. It's too intense. It's better to soak it in a little at a time, so that you can get a better feel for the different kinds of writing that Poe did, and how he excelled at pretty much everything he put down on paper. Most great writers can't boast of that much.

Poe's writing is what makes even his least story or poem come alive -- he brought a gothic, misty vibrancy to his stories, and could make his quiet words seem utterly chilling ("But the echoes of the chime die away... and a light, half-subdued laughter floats after them as they depart"). It's not hard to see why he was an influence on authors such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and Franz Kafka.

Poe's "Selected Tales " is a must-have for anyone with an appreciation for great literature and beautiful, dark writing -- and a good place for newbies to start.
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Sickening brilliance. 26 janvier 2000
Par darragh o'donoghue - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I used to loathe Poe's style, whose involutions seemed to drain his work of all their professed horror, while admiring the way he smuggled hugely complex ideas into popular modes - no wonder Hitchcock adored him. Now, as I grow older, I begin to value Poe more, recognise his obsessions and fears in myself, while marvelling at a style that manages to convey hothouse exoticism with remarkable, chilling precision.
Of the three stories I read recently in this volume, Morella is the least successful, a rehash of Leonora (a dead wife is reincarnated in her daughter), but there a brilliance in Poe's dramatising of an idea that is admirable.
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar is truly disgusting and horrifying. A hynotist experiments on a dying man to see if he can prolong life after death. The cool analytic style lead contemporaries to confuse it with a medical testcase (it was published in a scientific journal), but what is most memorable is the anguish of the dead man who cannot rest.
Best of all though is the immortal Black Cat. Violent and unconsionable, the brutalities in this story are among the most grotesque in literature, both to animals and to people. Poe's style is at his most poetically sustained as he describes the most vile barbarities with his character's objectionable self-pity. What is most sublime, though, is the note of black comedy that is laced throughout, which would be foregrounded in Roger Corman's hilarious version in Tales Of Terror.
Van Leer's introduction is informative enough, but there is a note of begrudgery and a refusal to take Poe altogether seriously, that is aggravating.
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A solid collection 14 août 2010
Par E. A Solinas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I've always had a liking for Edgar Allan Poe, with his tales of horror, mystery and suspense, done in the atmospheric prose of a master writer. Since I live close enough, I've even made some trips to his gravesite, a place that is always surrounded by a sense of sadness.

Poe was a tormented genius who died young, under mysterious circumstances, and at the time of his death he wasn't deservingly popular. Certainly his work was not cute romances for the masses -- he explored the darkness of the human heart, love, satire, and the earliest whodunnit stories. And "Poe: Selected Tales" brings together some of his most memorable fiction here.

Poe's fiction writings include short stories and novellas, which include plenty of despair, madness, and occasionally beauty. This includes two of his Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin stories, which were the first to feature a brilliant detective solving an impossible crime, and there's also the novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym," an increasingly weird tale of a boy's adventures at sea.

And, of course, the horror. This is what Poe is best known for, including such well-known stories as "The Fall Of The House Of Usher." But there are also lesser-known gems -- tales of a plague invading a party, being buried alive, the sound of a beating heart that drives a man mad, a court jester's revenge, a woman strong enough to defy death, a demonic horse and a feud, a man haunted by a doppelganger, and more.

Don't read too many of Poe's stories all at once. It's too intense. It's better to soak it in a little at a time, so that you can get a better feel for the different kinds of writing that Poe did, and how he excelled at pretty much everything he put down on paper. Most great writers can't boast of that much.

Poe's writing is what makes even his least story or poem come alive -- he brought a gothic, misty vibrancy to his stories, and could make his words seem utterly chilling ("mine own image, but with features all pale and dabbled in blood"). It's not hard to see why he was an influence on authors such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and Franz Kafka.

The only problem is that, well, this is a SELECTION of Poe's stories, so of course some brilliant material is going to be left out (including one of the Dupin stories -- we have stories #1 and #2, but not #3).

"Poe: Selected Tales" brings together some of Poe's best work, both obscure and famous. While true Poephiles will want the whole package, this is a good way of being introduced to his writing.
Excellent compilation! 21 mars 2013
Par Amy L. Buckley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The layout is nice and it includes all of the important tales. I would highly recommend it for school or pleasure.
got it as birthday present for my wife........she loved it. thanks for your great product. 12 janvier 2013
Par Kessiah Young - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
my wife says book is awesome. got some great stories and interesting references. thanks so much for your great product.
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