ISBN 9780007420223,Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Tales of Mystery and Imagination


Harper Collins



Harper Collins

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9780007420223

ISBN-10 0007420226


Number of Pages 911 Pages
Language (English)

Action and Adventure

If there ever was an ultimate collection of Poe’s spine-chilling stories, this is it. Tales Of Mystery And Imaginationcomprises 29 of Poe’s best-known works of mystery and suspense. The stories take the readers into the very depths of the powerful imagination of the great American literary figure, Edgar Allan Poe.

The haunting and grotesque nature of the stories contained in this volume were what made Poe such a master of this genre, called detective-fiction, of which he is considered among the founders. The themes that are commonly visible in Poe’s stories are the power of the dead over the living, the conflicts that arise within individuals, and exploration of the dark side of the human mind and spirit. With the vivid portrayal of such dark emotions and the art of masterful storytelling, Poe’s stories are considered timeless masterpieces.

The stories contained in Tales Of Mystery And Imagination tug on your deepest fears, such as whether the person standing before the mirror is you or someone else, if the door banging on a windy night is just because of the wind or some paranormal activity, and whether it’s a spirit that wanders in your room when you feel someone who isn’t there after you turn to look around. Such is the thrill experienced after reading Poe’s stories.

Some of his most popular tales that are featured in Tales Of Mystery And Imagination are The Murders In The Rue Morgue, The Gold-Bug, The Pit And The Pendulum, and The Black Cat.

About Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, literary critic, and editor.

Some of the other books he has authored are The Purloined Letter, The Imp of the Perverse, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Haunted Palace, and Annabel Lee.

Often, in an attempt to free his readers from cultural conformity, Poe used crazy extravagance and irony to produce comic effect. He believed that literature should have an underlying meaning, without which it ceased to be art. Poe is most popularly known for his gothic works, in which he typically dealt with questions of death, reanimation of the dead, premature burial, and the likes.

Poe was born in the year 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. After joining the University of Virginia and dropping out, he started working odd jobs as a clerk and became a newspaper writer. Soon after, he joined the United States Army. While in the army, he began writing poetry. And after a while, he purposely sought to be court martialed so he could leave the Army. Poe soon began to live by his writing alone. With great struggle, he began to publish his stories and poems. During this time, he also held stints as assistant editor and editor at publishing houses. After a prolific career in writing and publishing, he died aged 40 in the year 1849.