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By Edgar Allan Poe

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

Of the entire American masters, Edgar Allan Poe staked out possibly the main distinctive and vibrant attractiveness, as a grasp of the macabre. Even this present day, within the age of horror video clips and high-tech haunted homes, Poe is the 1st number of leisure for individuals 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 lifestyles, famous for his poetry and brief tales in addition to his feedback. the easiest 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 creation 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, will be visible as one coherent piece—as the paintings of 1 of the best ironists of global literature."

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