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Knowing Edgar Allan Poe

The Greatest Tales - With an Introduction by Ch. Baudelaire

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6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm.), 326 pages
ISBN: 978-1721674947 / 1721674942
Language: English

    Contents : Ch. Baudelaire: An Introduction to E. A. Poe  /  The Gold–Bug  /  Silence  /  The Fall Of The House Of Usher  /  The Assignation  /  Ligeia  /  Morella  /  Eleonora  /  Berenice  /  The Oval Portrait  /  The Tell–Tale Heart  /  The Balloon–Hoax  /  The Oblong Box  /  A Descent Into The Maelström  /  The Murders In The Rue Morgue  /  The Masque Of The Red Death  /  The Cask Of Amontillado  /  The Purloined Letter  /  The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar  /  The Pit And The Pendulum  /  The Raven

With Poe every entry into a subject is attractive, without violence, like a whirlwind. His solemnity surprises the mind, and keeps it on the watch. We feel at once that something grave is at stake...

No man has told with greater magic the exceptions of human life and nature, the ardours of the curiosities of convalescence, the close of seasons charged with enervating splendours, sultry weather, humid and misty, where the south wind softens and distends the nerves, like the chords of an instrument; where the eyes are filled with tears that come not from the heart.

Hallucination at first giving place to doubt, soon convinced and full of reasons as a book; absurdity installing itself in the intellect, and governing it with a crushing logic; hysteria usurping the place of will, a contradiction established between the nerves and the mind, and man out of all accord expressing grief by laughter. He analyses them where they are most fugitive; he poises the imponderable, and describes in that minute and scientific manner, whose effects are terrible, all that imaginary world which floats around the nervous man, and conducts him on to evil.

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