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 might be the main exact and shiny acceptance, as a grasp of the macabre. Even at the present time, within the age of horror videos and high-tech haunted homes, Poe is the 1st collection of leisure for those who desire 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 existence, famous for his poetry and brief tales in addition to his feedback. the simplest of every of those is accumulated right here, 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 was once an exceptional satirist and comedic craftsman, in addition to a powerful Gothic author. "All of Poe's fiction," Thompson writes, "and the poems to boot, could be visible as one coherent piece—as the paintings of 1 of the best ironists of worldwide literature."
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