What are the best books about Edgar Allan Poe?

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    #1Poe: A Life Cut Short

    Poe: A Life Cut Short

    Poe: A Life Cut Short is a book by Peter Ackroyd that tells the story of how passionate Poe was. He wrote the struggles that Poe experienced and despite all that he still became a famous writer. 

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    Austin Cunningham
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This book is fantastic, i recommend it to all. Characters and the situations that happen in the story are very realistic and they will make you very curios about reading the book. "
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    #2The Poe Shadow

    The Poe Shadow

    The Poe Shadow is a book by Matthew Pearl that tells the story of a lawyer who does not believe that Poe just died because he is a drunkard. He then investigates he will discover something that even the police did not notice.

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    Raymond Ferguson
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This investigative book is so real, and very interesting. I like the story described on it, and i can say that everypage of the book keeps you in tension by asking what will happen next. I reccomend it to all because it has a very nice story on it. "
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    #3And Poe Said

    And Poe Said

    And Poe Said is a book by Rene Bard that tells the story of a fictional scenario on what happened before Poe died. Because nobody knows what happened to him, books like these came out to fictionally answer the mystery of his death. 

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    Tammy Carter
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This book is fantastic, and so engaging, i like it so much and i recommend it to all to read it while on vacation. I have had a very good time with it. "
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    #4The Murders in the Rue Morgue

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue is a classic mystery novel by renowned writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1841. Deemed to be the first detective fiction novel, it follows the story of C. Auguste Dupin as he solves a murder case.

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    Madison May
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Edgar Allan Poe is a mainstay of American literature studies, particularly for high school and college survey courses, but it is three of his seventy-two short stories that retain broader interest and are variously credited with inventing detective fiction and influencing the development of 19th century criminology. The three stories featuring Poe's Parisian detective Auguste Dupin, produced 1841 - 1844, are conveniently collected in this edition that comes with some bonus features not easily found elsewhere as well as suggested questions for book clubs. The three stories are "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Murder of Marie Roget" and "The Purloined Letter." For someone who burned through the Poe canon a few decades ago, the return to reading him in this collection was a fresh pleasure. He really does lay out the principles and conventions of detective fiction that have been well honored into the 21st century, not only on the page but now the screen as well. Recent nonfiction books, "The Beautiful Cigar Girl," about the case that inspired "Marie Roget," and "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" cite Poe's founding contributions to fiction, criminology and the rise of popular "detective fever." Editor Matthew Pearl, author of the novel "The Poe Shadow," offers a so-so critical introduction but outdoes himself in digging up three precursors that may have been among Poe's own reading. The first is a chapter from Voltaire's "Zadig," featuring a character's observant powers that solve a crime, but this being Voltaire, all that virtue gets him in trouble. The second is an excerpt from the memoir of Eugene-Francois Vidocq, who was something of a French domestic spy. The last is a selection from William Leggett's 1829 "Tales and Sketches," a tale of justice vs. truth on the American frontier . Leggett is visible at best these days as a footnote and only his political writings remain available in print, so kudos to Pearl for finding this. "
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    #5The Black Cat

    The Black Cat
    Written by the one and only Edgar Allan Poe back in 1843, this short novel is the classic tale about the psychology of guilt, in which a man breaks down and admits the crimes he had himself committed. 




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    Diana Wu
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "EAP does it again. If you love his style of writing, you will love this book. Its engaging and really thought provoking. I was sad when it ended, as I wanted more. "
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    #6Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

    Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

    Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe is a collection of short stories by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published by Doubleday on November 18, 1966, with a total of 832 pages.

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    Diana Barrett
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A great book filled with one of history's best story tellers! This first volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems. It's interesting reading everything together in the same book because it really helps to understand just how twisted and dark Edgar Allan Poe really was. "

Summary

Best What are the best books about Edgar Allan Poe
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Poe: A Life Cut ShortBooks 24 Paid
2The Poe ShadowBooks 17 Paid
3And Poe SaidBooks 16 Paid
4The Murders in the Rue MorgueBooks 11 Paid
5The Black CatBooks 7 Paid
6Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan PoeBooks 1 Paid
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