Hailed as the creator of detective fiction, and a master of Gothic literature, Edgar Allan Poe was a prolific writer of poetry, short stories, letters, and literary criticism. Best-known for his gruesome tales exploring murder and death, Poe’s writings remain foundational components of the mystery genre. As the first well-known American writer to earn a living solely through his writing, Poe produced countless short stories, poems, and essays. The Mystery Writers of America annually present the Edgar Award for significant contributions to the mystery genre. Poe himself was every bit as fascinating as the characters and stories he created, and his own untimely death continues to be a mystery of its own.
Included in The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (10 vols.) are over 2,000 pages of Poe’s memorable works. The collection includes over 40 of Poe’s famous poems such as “The Raven,” influential detective stories like “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Purloined Letter,” and dozens of other significant stories and essays, such as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “Ligeia,” and Eureka.
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Over 2,000 pages of works by Edgar Allan Poe
A wealth of influential poems, short stories, and essays
The first detective stories
Praise for the Author
. . . the most discriminating, philosophical, and fearless critic upon imaginative works who has written in America
—James Russell Lowell, nineteenth-century poet
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?
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author, Sherlock Holmes
Poe’s verses illustrate an / intense faculty for / technical and abstract / beauty . . .
This volume contains over 40 of Poe’s best-known poems, including “The Raven,” “Tamerlane,” “Annabel Lee,” and “A Dream Within a Dream.”
[“The Raven” is] unsurpassed in English poetry for subtle conception, masterly ingenuity of versification, and consistent, sustaining of imaginative lift . . . It will stick to the memory of everybody who reads it.
—Nathaniel Parker Willis, editor, The Mirror
Everyone reads [“The Raven”] and praises it . . . justly, we think, for it seems to us full of originality and power.
This volume contains Narrative of A. Gordon Pym. It is Poe’s only complete novel. One of Poe’s most translated works, the novel has been produced in over 300 editions, and has influenced world-renowned writers like H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. Pym is referred to in numerous works of literature, including The Golden Bowl by Henry James.
Pym tells what a very intelligent mind could imagine about the South Polar Region a century ago.
This volume contains seven of Poe’s shorter works of fiction, including “The Balloon-Hoax,” which appeared in a newspaper as a true story, and “A Descent into the Maelstrom,” which was also at first believed to be true, part of it even appearing in the ninth edition of Encyclopedia Britanica.
This volume contains five of Poe’s short stories, including the three detective stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt,” and “The Purloined Letter.” These were the earliest detective stories, and had significant influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Mystery of Marie Rogêt
The Purloined Letter
“Thou Art the Man”
[“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”] changed the history of world literature.
—Jeffrey Meyers, biographer
[“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”] proves Mr. Poe to be a man of genius . . . with an inventive power and skill, of which we know no parallel.
—The Pennsylvania Inquirer
[“The Purloined Letter” is] one of the aptest illustrations which could well be conceived of that curious play of two minds in one person.
This volume contains nine of Poe’s influential works, including The Gold-Bug, which was his most widely read story during his lifetime, as well as his theory, The Imp of the Perverse, which discusses the self-destructive impulses of human nature.
Von Kempelen and His Discovery
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Some Words with a Mummy
The Man of the Crowd
The Imp of the Perverse
[“The Gold-Bug” is] characterised by thrilling interest and a graphic though sketchy power of description. It is one of the best stories that Poe ever wrote.
[“The Gold-Bug” is] quite remarkable as an instance of intellectual acuteness and subtlety of reasoning.
This volume contains 13 of Poe’s tales of horror and death, including several of his best-known stories, such as “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell-tale Heart,” “The Black Cat,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “Ligeia.”
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Premature Burial
The Cask of Amontillado
The Tell-tale Heart
The Black Cat
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Oval Portrait
[“The Fall of the House of Usher”] has long been hailed as a masterpiece of Gothic horror; it is also a masterpiece of dramatic irony and structural symbolism.
—G. R. Thomson, editor, Great Short Works of Edgar Allan Poe
The force and boldness of the conception and the high artistic skill [in “Ligeia”], with which the writer’s purpose is wrought out, are equally admirable.
—The New World
[Ligeia is] the most extraordinary, of its kind, of his productions.
—Thomas Dunn English, author and songwriter
The Story of Lady Ligeia is not merely one of the wonders of literature: it is unparalleled and unapproached.
—George Bernard Shaw, recipient, 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature
This volume contains five of Poe’s philosophical essays, including Eureka, a prose poem expressing Poe’s conception of the nature of the universe and God as the author of humanity. The piece explores grandiose philosophical and scientific questions through intuition, rather than scientific reasoning. Poe considered the work his masterpiece.
The Power of Words
The Colloquy of Monos and Una
The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion
The Philosophy of Furniture
[Eureka is] a nobler effort than any other Mr. Poe has yet given the world.
This volume contains eight works of literary criticism and miscellaneous writings of Edgar Allan Poe.
The Rationale of Verse
Old English Poetry
How to Write a Blackwood Article
Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences
The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq
Title: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Editor: Edwin Markham
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls
About Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) was an American poet, author, literary critic, and editor in the American Romantic Movement. Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living solely through his writing, though he struggled financially for most of his life. He is widely hailed as the creator of detective fiction, and is often regarded as a significant influence on early science fiction. Many of Poe’s writings worked within popular Gothic themes, and his best-known works explore the dark and mysterious corners of the human mind.
Poe’s life was in many ways as mysterious as his writings. He married his 13-year-old cousin, who died of tuberculosis just a few years later. His own death remains a mystery. Numerous theories exist, attributing his death to alcohol, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, tuberculosis, suicide, brain congestion, and other causes. Beginning in 1949, an unknown visitor honored Poe’s death with a visit to his grave on the date of his death. The tradition continued for more than 60 years, and the individual was known as the “Poe Toaster.” Poe appears frequently as a character in other works, and his writing is alluded to by artists of every medium. Several of Poe’s homes are now museums dedicated to his life.