By Edgar Allan Poe

The vintage poems and spine-tingling tales of a Gothic American grasp accrued in a single volume.

Of all of the American masters, Edgar Allan Poe staked out possibly the main targeted and bright attractiveness, as a grasp of the macabre. Even this present day, within the age of horror videos and high-tech haunted homes, Poe is the 1st number of leisure for individuals who need a spine-chilling thrill.

Born in Boston in 1809, and lifeless on the age of forty, Poe wrote throughout a number of fields in the course of his lifestyles, famous for his poetry and brief tales in addition to his feedback. the easiest of every of those is amassed the following, together with the vintage poem The Raven, and undying tales like The Tell-Tale Heart. In his advent to this quantity, G. R. Thompson argues that Poe used to be a superb satirist and comedic craftsman, in addition to a powerful Gothic author. "All of Poe's fiction," Thompson writes, "and the poems in addition, should be visible as one coherent piece—as the paintings of 1 of the best ironists of worldwide literature."

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