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Book Title: Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Oxford World's Classics)|
The author of the book: Edgar Allan Poe
Edition: Chancellor press
Date of issue: 1985
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.37 MB
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ISBN 13: 9781851520084
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Reader ratings: 3.6
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It's unfair to just burying Poe in the "Horror" tomb, with a Raven & a Black Cat..
Reading this volume I really see how HUGE his imagination was, how it was ahead of his times.
From traveling over the ocean by a air transportation... or to the moon..
Or inventing the first Detective story ever..
Or his delving into the matter, death, soul, mind and even God and free well by hypothesis.
Or of course, the delving into the man's Conscience, guilt and self-destruction..
There's even kind of Romance, Fantasy, adventure, treasure hunt, code breaking, satire...
He inspired Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Arthur Conan Doyle with crime novels,
And inspired Jules Verne ,then H G Wells and even recently Andy Weir with his science fiction stories,
And so more... just by his wild imagination..
So the five stars here are for his originality and innovations in stories..
Which is not just little Horror Stories..
In order to enjoy his stories, I read first the Arabic -complete, unbridged- translation of it... then reviewing and fast readin it in its original forum, since Poe use a bit hard language for me and he's got a way in 'digression' sometimes and complex sentences.
So I skipped few stories here till I have the translation of it-and even enjoyed some stories that aren't in this edition-, so I'll be back to this book again soon.
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Read information about the authorThe name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.
Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself. He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author’s name.
The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children. His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe’s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls’ school. Within three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe’s handwriting on the backs of Allan’s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.
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