Contents: Narrative of A. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , Large Print. Published first published More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. A mixed bag, just like most of Poe's work. A couple are excellent, and one or two were dull enough to make it hard to finish reading. See my individual review for "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", which comprises the majority of the volume.
In volume 3 of the collected works of Poe we find his novel The Narrative of A. In the first work the subject matter was for me quite disturbing and the novel ends abruptly. I had to research the book on the internet to find if I was missing the last of it and no, it was meant to be that way, a perfect Alfred Hitchcock ending. I still found the read entertaining and enjoyed it. As with most of Poe's work in general, the focus on the majority of additional stories are the macabre except for The Spectacles which I found rather amusing and had a moral to the story, vanity and Three Sundays in a Week.
None of the other stories really stood out as anything special. Narrative of A. Gordon Pym 2. You could tell Poe had enough of the story himself when he just abruptly ended the story by saying the last chapters were lost view spoiler [and the narrator died hide spoiler ]. Our main character was married to one woman who died and then remarried to a lady who looked completely different. When she died, in a opium-induced h Narrative of A.
When she died, in a opium-induced hysteria, the second appeared as the first.
The synopsis sounds better than the story. When she was going to be confirmed, the father decided on the spot to name her after her mother, which lead to a very haunting consequence. I think? This one also had mesmerism and opium in it and things weren't too clear. Napoleon Bonaparte Froissart, with the ancestors Croissart, Voissart, and Moissart, has to change his last name to Simpson to inherit from a distant cousin.
He is vain about his appearance and at a night at the opera spies a beautiful woman, however, this beautiful woman looks very different once he can see with glasses. Pranks and comedy ensues. King Pest 2. A fight breaks out in the tavern where several barrels of ale break and flood the tavern.
The sailors kidnap the two women and take them back to the ship. An average collection; definitely surpassed by the second volume, and a little better than the first. The collection mostly strays away from Poe's gothic style, with a mixture of adventure and humour.
The only two gothic pieces, Ligeia and Morella, are the best pieces in this volume; which is the case with most of his works. It's a mixture of horror, voyage and adventure. Horror did prevail over th An average collection; definitely surpassed by the second volume, and a little better than the first. Horror did prevail over the story, but it was more similar to survival horror, than to gothic horror, that Poe definitely mastered.
It was definitely ahead of its time, and did inspire a lot of famous literary pieces after it. However, its level is clearly below the best of his short stories line; it even felt as few short stories linked together rather than a full-length novel, and it probably shows why Poe decided to focus more on short stories. The last three pieces; The Spectacles, King Pest and Three Sundays in a Week; show an appreciated humorous side of Poe, and are even a bit better than most of his science fiction works yet, they hardly rank even among the average of his other works.
Jul 02, Ambrosia Walker rated it liked it.
Always fun. Sometimes its nice to step out of the box. Enjoy the contrast of stories. Great poet who wrote stories is what I like to say. Overrated much? I think so. The majority of this volume was taken up with the Narrative of A. Gordon Pym. Compared to the previous two volumes, this one seems a bit lacking, but is by no means a bad collection.
I never tire of Poe's writings, and this is no exception. I got this book for "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym", having finished the rest I really think that that one was the weakest entry because it was unfinished as far as I'm concerned. There are however a few real gems in here particularly "The Spectacles" and I have every intention of getting through the other 4 volumes for any more Poe works that I've missed in the haphazard approach I've taken in reading his work to date. I'm not a huge Poe fan. I have only read some of his more acclaimed stories and poems.
I bought this set to help me get an understanding for what the less popular stories were like. I have to say that the stories in this volume didn't impress me. Perhaps the other volumes will have a better offering. In , he served as the lieutenant of the Richmond youth honor guard as Richmond celebrated the visit of the Marquis de Lafayette. Poe may have become engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster before he registered at the University of Virginia in February to study ancient and modern languages. It had strict rules against gambling, horses, guns, tobacco, and alcohol, but these rules were generally ignored.
Jefferson had enacted a system of student self-government, allowing students to choose their own studies, make their own arrangements for boarding, and report all wrongdoing to the faculty. The unique system was still in chaos, and there was a high dropout rate. He claimed that Allan had not given him sufficient money to register for classes, purchase texts, and procure and furnish a dormitory.
Allan did send additional money and clothes, but Poe's debts increased. He traveled to Boston in April , sustaining himself with odd jobs as a clerk and newspaper writer,  and he started using the pseudonym Henri Le Rennet during this period. Poe was unable to support himself, so he enlisted in the United States Army as a private on May 27, , using the name "Edgar A. He claimed that he was 22 years old even though he was Poe was promoted to "artificer", an enlisted tradesman who prepared shells for artillery , and had his monthly pay doubled.
He revealed his real name and his circumstances to his commanding officer, Lieutenant Howard.
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Howard would only allow Poe to be discharged if he reconciled with John Allan and wrote a letter to Allan, who was unsympathetic. Several months passed and pleas to Allan were ignored; Allan may not have written to Poe even to make him aware of his foster mother's illness. Frances Allan died on February 28, , and Poe visited the day after her burial.
Perhaps softened by his wife's death, John Allan agreed to support Poe's attempt to be discharged in order to receive an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Poe was finally discharged on April 15, , after securing a replacement to finish his enlisted term for him. Poe traveled to West Point and matriculated as a cadet on July 1, On February 8, , he was tried for gross neglect of duty and disobedience of orders for refusing to attend formations, classes, or church.
Poe tactically pleaded not guilty to induce dismissal, knowing that he would be found guilty. He left for New York in February and released a third volume of poems, simply titled Poems. They may have been expecting verses similar to the satirical ones that Poe had been writing about commanding officers. Corps of Cadets this volume is respectfully dedicated". The book once again reprinted the long poems "Tamerlane" and "Al Aaraaf" but also six previously unpublished poems, including early versions of " To Helen ", " Israfel ", and " The City in the Sea ".
His elder brother Henry had been in ill health, in part due to problems with alcoholism, and he died on August 1, After his brother's death, Poe began more earnest attempts to start his career as a writer, but he chose a difficult time in American publishing to do so. After his early attempts at poetry, Poe had turned his attention to prose.
He placed a few stories with a Philadelphia publication and began work on his only drama Politian. Found in a Bottle ". Kennedy , a Baltimorean of considerable means. He helped Poe place some of his stories, and introduced him to Thomas W. Poe became assistant editor of the periodical in August ,  but White discharged him within a few weeks for being drunk on the job. He was reinstated by White after promising good behavior, and he went back to Richmond with Virginia and her mother.
He remained at the Messenger until January During this period, Poe claimed that its circulation increased from to 3, On May 16, , he and Virginia held a Presbyterian wedding ceremony at their Richmond boarding house, with a witness falsely attesting Clemm's age as He published numerous articles, stories, and reviews, enhancing his reputation as a trenchant critic which he had established at the Southern Literary Messenger. Also in , the collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque was published in two volumes, though he made little money from it and it received mixed reviews.
In June , Poe published a prospectus announcing his intentions to start his own journal called The Stylus ,  although he originally intended to call it The Penn , as it would have been based in Philadelphia. He bought advertising space for his prospectus in the June 6, issue of Philadelphia's Saturday Evening Post : "Prospectus of the Penn Magazine, a Monthly Literary journal to be edited and published in the city of Philadelphia by Edgar A. Around this time, he attempted to secure a position within the administration of President Tyler, claiming that he was a member of the Whig Party.
One evening in January , Virginia showed the first signs of consumption, now known as tuberculosis , while singing and playing the piano, which Poe described as breaking a blood vessel in her throat. He left Graham's and attempted to find a new position, for a time angling for a government post. He returned to New York where he worked briefly at the Evening Mirror before becoming editor of the Broadway Journal , and later its owner. Nearby, he befriended the Jesuits at St. John's College, now Fordham University. Poe was increasingly unstable after his wife's death.
Their engagement failed, purportedly because of Poe's drinking and erratic behavior. There is also strong evidence that Whitman's mother intervened and did much to derail their relationship. On October 3, , Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, "in great distress, and… in need of immediate assistance", according to Joseph W. Walker who found him. He is said to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring.
Some sources say that Poe's final words were "Lord help my poor soul". Newspapers at the time reported Poe's death as "congestion of the brain" or "cerebral inflammation", common euphemisms for death from disreputable causes such as alcoholism. Immediately after Poe's death, his literary rival Rufus Wilmot Griswold wrote a slanted high-profile obituary under a pseudonym , filled with falsehoods that cast him as a lunatic and a madman, and which described him as a person who "walked the streets, in madness or melancholy, with lips moving in indistinct curses, or with eyes upturned in passionate prayers, never for himself, for he felt, or professed to feel, that he was already damned ".
It was soon further published throughout the country. The piece began, "Edgar Allan Poe is dead. He died in Baltimore the day before yesterday. This announcement will startle many, but few will be grieved by it. Griswold somehow became Poe's literary executor and attempted to destroy his enemy's reputation after his death.
Griswold wrote a biographical article of Poe called "Memoir of the Author", which he included in an volume of the collected works. There he depicted Poe as a depraved, drunken, drug-addled madman and included Poe's letters as evidence. For example, it is seriously disputed that Poe really was a drug addict. This occurred in part because it was the only full biography available and was widely reprinted, and in part because readers thrilled at the thought of reading works by an "evil" man.
After Poe's death, Griswold convinced Poe's mother-in-law to sign away the rights to his works. Griswold went on to publish the collected works attached with his own fabricated biography of Poe that invented stories of his drunkenness, immorality and instability. Poe's best known fiction works are Gothic ,  a genre that he followed to appease the public taste.
Beyond horror, Poe also wrote satires, humor tales, and hoaxes. For comic effect, he used irony and ludicrous extravagance, often in an attempt to liberate the reader from cultural conformity. Poe wrote much of his work using themes aimed specifically at mass-market tastes. Poe's writing reflects his literary theories, which he presented in his criticism and also in essays such as " The Poetic Principle ".
Works with obvious meanings, he wrote, cease to be art. Poe describes his method in writing "The Raven" in the essay " The Philosophy of Composition ", and he claims to have strictly followed this method.
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It has been questioned whether he really followed this system, however. Eliot said: "It is difficult for us to read that essay without reflecting that if Poe plotted out his poem with such calculation, he might have taken a little more pains over it: the result hardly does credit to the method. During his lifetime, Poe was mostly recognized as a literary critic. Fellow critic James Russell Lowell called him "the most discriminating, philosophical, and fearless critic upon imaginative works who has written in America", suggesting—rhetorically—that he occasionally used prussic acid instead of ink.
Poe accused Longfellow of "the heresy of the didactic", writing poetry that was preachy, derivative, and thematically plagiarized. Poe was also known as a writer of fiction and became one of the first American authors of the 19th century to become more popular in Europe than in the United States.
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Baudelaire's translations became definitive renditions of Poe's work throughout Europe. Poe's early detective fiction tales featuring C. Auguste Dupin laid the groundwork for future detectives in literature. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said, "Each [of Poe's detective stories] is a root from which a whole literature has developed Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?
Wells noted, " Pym tells what a very intelligent mind could imagine about the south polar region a century ago".
Traven , and David Morrell. Like many famous artists, Poe's works have spawned imitators. One of the most notable of these was Lizzie Doten, who published Poems from the Inner Life in , in which she claimed to have "received" new compositions by Poe's spirit. The compositions were re-workings of famous Poe poems such as " The Bells ", but which reflected a new, positive outlook.
Even so, Poe has received not only praise, but criticism as well. This is partly because of the negative perception of his personal character and its influence upon his reputation. It is believed that only 12 copies have survived of Poe's first book Tamerlane and Other Poems. Eureka: A Prose Poem , an essay written in , included a cosmological theory that presaged the Big Bang theory by 80 years,   as well as the first plausible solution to Olbers' paradox.
In particular, Poe's suggestions ignored Newtonian principles regarding the density and rotation of planets. Poe had a keen interest in cryptography. He had placed a notice of his abilities in the Philadelphia paper Alexander's Weekly Express Messenger , inviting submissions of ciphers which he proceeded to solve. Capitalizing on public interest in the topic, he wrote " The Gold-Bug " incorporating ciphers as an essential part of the story.
His keen analytical abilities, which were so evident in his detective stories, allowed him to see that the general public was largely ignorant of the methods by which a simple substitution cryptogram can be solved, and he used this to his advantage. Poe had an influence on cryptography beyond increasing public interest during his lifetime. William Friedman , America's foremost cryptologist, was heavily influenced by Poe. The historical Edgar Allan Poe has appeared as a fictionalized character, often representing the "mad genius" or "tormented artist" and exploiting his personal struggles.
No childhood home of Poe is still standing, including the Allan family's Moldavia estate.
The collection includes many items that Poe used during his time with the Allan family, and also features several rare first printings of Poe works. Its upkeep is now overseen by a group of students and staff known as the Raven Society. Poe is believed to have lived in the home at the age of 23 when he first lived with Maria Clemm and Virginia as well as his grandmother and possibly his brother William Henry Leonard Poe. Of the several homes that Poe, his wife Virginia, and his mother-in-law Maria rented in Philadelphia, only the last house has survived. In Boston, a commemorative plaque on Boylston Street is several blocks away from the actual location of Poe's birth.
The winning design by Stefanie Rocknak depicts a life-sized Poe striding against the wind, accompanied by a flying raven; his suitcase lid has fallen open, leaving a "paper trail" of literary works embedded in the sidewalk behind him. A plaque suggests that Poe wrote "The Raven" here.
The bar still stands where legend says that Poe was last seen drinking before his death, in Fell's Point in Baltimore. The drinking establishment is now known as "The Horse You Came in On", and local lore insists that a ghost whom they call "Edgar" haunts the rooms above. Early daguerreotypes of Poe continue to arouse great interest among literary historians. A bottle of cognac and three roses were left at Poe's original grave marker for decades every January 19 by an unknown visitor affectionately referred to as the "Poe Toaster".
Sam Porpora was a historian at the Westminster Church in Baltimore where Poe is buried, and he claimed on August 15, that he had started the tradition in Porpora said that the tradition began in order to raise money and enhance the profile of the church. His story has not been confirmed,  and some details which he gave to the press are factually inaccurate. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses with the name Poe, see Poe disambiguation. This article is about the American writer.
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