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Poe, Edgar Allan, COMPLETE TALES AND POEMS. NEW copy. Hardcover. Castle Books, 2004. 842 pages. The life of American writer Edgar Allan Poe was characterized by a dramatic series of successes and failures, breakdowns and recoveries, personal gains and hopes dashed through, despite which he created some of the finest literature the world has ever known. Over time his works have influenced such major creative forces as the French poets Charles Baudelaire and Andre Gide, filmmaker D.W. Griffith and modern literary legend Allen Ginsberg. Best known for his poems and short fiction, Poe perfected the psychological thriller, invented the detective story, and rarely missed transporting the reader to his own supernal realm. He has also been hailed posthumously as one of the finest literary critics of the nineteenth century. In Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems fans may indulge in all of Poe's most imaginative short-stories, including 'The Fall of the House of Usher', 'The Murders in Rue Morgue', 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'Ligeia' and 'Ms. In A Bottle'. His complete early and miscellaneous poetic masterpieces are also here, including 'The Raven', 'Ulalume', 'Annabel Lee', 'Tamerlane', as well as selected reviews and narratives. This edition OUT OF PRINT.
Poe, Edgar Allan, POE READER. NEW copy. Hardcover. Random House. "This grand tour of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest works provides ample evidence for the assertion that Poe is the undisputed father of horror, mystery and science fiction. His astonishing, often profoundly macabre stories of deduction, fantasy and satire portray a world of uncompromising poetic and spiritual intensity in American letters. These tales include 'The Fall of the House of Usher', 'The Black Cat', the 'Tell-Tale Heart', as well as lesser known tales. Including a generous selection of the provocative poems that brought him fame during his lifetime, The Poe Reader highlights the full force and breadth of Edgar Allan Poe's extravagant imagination and wit." Originally published at $22.95, now OUT OF PRINT.
[Poe] Perry Miller, THE RAVEN AND THE WHALE: Poe, Melville, and the New York Literary Scene. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. 370 pages. "A social, cultural, and literary history of the New York literary battleground between 1833 and 1857. First published in 1956, The Raven and the Whale analyzes the social confusion around the works of authors such as Poe and Melville, stemming from the intense rivalry between major publishing firms. "
[Poe] Kenneth Silverman, EDGAR A. POE: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Harper Collins, 1992. 592 pages. "From a Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer, the most revealing, fascinating, and important biography of one of our greatest literary figures."
[Poe] Randall Silvis, DISQUIET HEART. DETECTIVE FICTION. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Thomas Dunne Books, 322 pages. "After the death of his beloved wife, a devastated Poe decides that a change of scenery is in order. He has been invited to Pittsburgh by a wealthy benefactor, Dr. Alfred Brunrichter, a man of intriguing contradiction who on the one hand was fascinated by subjects so macabre that even Poe did not wish to consider, while on the other hand was solicitous of Poe's comfort in every regard and was a local philanthropist and patron of the arts. Augie Dubbins, now a young man in search of adventure, joins Poe in order to keep an eye on his increasingly maudlin friend.
After an exhausting journey across the length of Pennsylvania, their first glimpse of Pittsburgh is not a heartening one. The city, a tight triangle of enterprise squeezed between the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, is gray with factory smoke; its riverbanks clogged with barges, streamboats and freighters, choked with log rafts from the denuded forests farther north. It is at every turn a working-class city, gritty and rough. Moreover, the air of Pittsburgh reeks of death - a cholera epidemic has recently swept through the city, killing hundreds - and Poe and Augie soon learn the real reason behind the city's malaise.
Several young females, all attractive women in their late teens, have disappeared over the past six months. All are of the merchant class - not among the cultural elite but not outright prostitutes either. With Poe almost incapacitated by the lavish attention of their host, Augie finds himself exploring Pittsburgh on his own and begins to investigate the killings.
With great attention to period detail and utilizing all of his skill as a seasoned novelist, Randall Silvis once again crafts awonderful historical thriller that will leave you gripping the edge of your seats."
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Introduced and annotated by Henry Lewis Gates, Jr and
Hollis Robbins. THE ANNOTATED UNCLE TOM'S
- NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Norton, 2006). 32 pages of color
illustrations, 150 b&w period illustrations, and a two-column format that has
Stowe's text at left, and the annotations at right. 528 pages.
~~~Declared worthless and dehumanizing by James Baldwin in 1949,
Uncle Tom's Cabin has lacked literary credibility for fifty years. Now, in a
ringing refutation of Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. demonstrates the literary
transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe's masterpiece. Uncle Tom's Cabin,
first published in 1852, galvanized the American public as no other work of fiction
has ever done. The editors animate pre-Civil War life with rich insights into the
lives of slaves, abolitionists, and the American reading public. Examining the
lingering effects of the novel, they provide new insights into emerging race-relation,
women's, gay, and gender issues. With reproductions of rare prints, posters, and
photographs, this book is also one of the most thorough anthologies of
Uncle Tom images up to the present day.