Among the great masters of the short story, Edgar Allan Poe retains his preeminence after more than a century. Ligeia, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of User, The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado brought the suspense story to a point of artistic perfection not since surpassed. Every sentence carries the reader irresistibly toward a climax which continues to build to the last line, even the final word.
Poe is at the same time the father of another branch of modern fiction: the detective story. His character Dupin, original exponent of scientific deduction, appeared a generation before Sherlock Holmes, and in Murders in the Rue Morgue Poe created, at the very birth of the genre, one of its greatest masterpieces. Rarely since has the detective story attained the literary distinction which its inventor brought to it.
Besides mystery and suspense, Poe was adept at fantasy, humor, satire, science fiction and poetry. The present edition brings together all Poe's stories and poems in a single volume designed for easy readability and as a permanent part of the American home library.
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