‘Tales of Mystery and Imagination’ by Edgar Allan Poe
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe.
This vintage texts includes a collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tales, including ‘The Gold-Bug’, ‘Ms. Found in a Bottle’, ‘A Descent into the Maelström’, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘William Wilson’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget’, ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, ‘A Tale of the Ragged Mountains’, and more. This volume constitutes a must-have for fans of the macabre, and would make for a fantastic addition to any collection.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first American short story writers, and is widely considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre.
We are republishing this vintage text, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
Extract from the introduction to Tales of Mystery and Imagination:
Every species of literary vulture battened on his reputation, the scandals of his life were magnified, and his genius was hidden by a cloud of vulgar abuse. No man was less fortunate in his epoch and his country.He found an America, middle-class, prosaic, still half Puritan and indomitably respectable, and he ran his head against the stone walls which hemmed him in. He wrote his great stories for starvation wages, since the taste which could value them had largely to be created. Had he lived to-day, we can well imagine that a more cosmopolitan America would have made him a hero almost beyond his deserts. Had he fared less hardly at the world’s hands, there might have been no gall in his pen and fewer dark places in his life.
Here, at edgarallanpoe.co.uk, you can find the best of this fantastic author’s novels, short stories, essays, and poems.
Through republishing works such as ‘Tales of Mystery and Imagination’, it is hoped that the writing of this author of mystery and the macabre, can continue to delight – almost two centuries after its initial publication.