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This classic series of plays, novels, and stories has been adapted, in a friendly format, for students reading at a various levels. Reading Level: 4-8 Interest Level: 6-12


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This classic series of plays, novels, and stories has been adapted, in a friendly format, for students reading at a various levels. Reading Level: 4-8 Interest Level: 6-12

30 review for An Edgar Allan Poe Reader: Poems and Short Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    When I started reading this book my intent was to enjoy "seasonal reading", i.e. Halloween. As always happens, one season ended and another began before I finally finished. I must confess that I really didn't finish reading it either. This is a superb collection of short stories and poems by Poe. I focused on reading only the short stories knowing that I could always savor the poems at another time (or season). Often, my Goodreads reviews are actually confessions and this review is one such conf When I started reading this book my intent was to enjoy "seasonal reading", i.e. Halloween. As always happens, one season ended and another began before I finally finished. I must confess that I really didn't finish reading it either. This is a superb collection of short stories and poems by Poe. I focused on reading only the short stories knowing that I could always savor the poems at another time (or season). Often, my Goodreads reviews are actually confessions and this review is one such confession. We studied American Literature sophomore year of high school and were assigned to read "The Pit and the Pendulum". It's about as short and direct as a short story can be, but I drifted off soon after the first few pages and gave up because I was a lazy student. The next day in class I complained about the wordy language and asked how did the stupid story end, anyhow. One of my classmates informed me that an army had stormed the prison and rescued to victim. I was astounded to believe how she could have gotten that through all of those flowery words. But, there it was in three short, easy sentences. I remember the teacher telling us that Poe created the detective story. He exhorted us several times to read "The Purloined Letter" on our own. (Why didn't he just assign it?) This book includes the "Purloined Letter" so I was eager to read it. It was entertaining, but not nearly as gripping as "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" or as exciting as "The Gold Bug", which I now regard as one of the best short stories I've ever read. He should have assigned us to read either of those if he really wanted us to appreciate Poe.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Short and scary tales! Loved it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Muriel

    Poems and short stories by Poe

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Everyone two or three years, sometime around Halloween, I pull out this compendium of the great American master of suspense, macabre and deduction. In addition to his captivating tales of horror, Poe invented the detective genre and wrote some of the most under-appreciated poetry of all time. Did you know he was also a satirist? It’s all here in one volume. When the weather gets its chill, break this book open and read to your heart’s delight/fright.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Your Common House Bat

    Finally got around to reading this one. Just in time for the holidays and more books lol. It was a nice quick read. Naturally my favorite section was the horror section. Followed by poetry then mystery then psychological. I wasn't too into Poe's humor. But otherwise, great read. Poe is always dark and creepy and I like dark and creepy. The Raven and The Pit & The Pendulum were my two favorites. I'm also fond of Annabelle Lee and The Gold Bug. This book compiled a lot of his best works. Finally got around to reading this one. Just in time for the holidays and more books lol. It was a nice quick read. Naturally my favorite section was the horror section. Followed by poetry then mystery then psychological. I wasn't too into Poe's humor. But otherwise, great read. Poe is always dark and creepy and I like dark and creepy. The Raven and The Pit & The Pendulum were my two favorites. I'm also fond of Annabelle Lee and The Gold Bug. This book compiled a lot of his best works.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite authors and while this book has a nice selection of his works the texts have been changed to make them easier to read! It's a shame to see his wonderful stories and poems altered to make things easier on an intended audience of jr high school readers. Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite authors and while this book has a nice selection of his works the texts have been changed to make them easier to read! It's a shame to see his wonderful stories and poems altered to make things easier on an intended audience of jr high school readers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mercer

    Some of the stories I loved others, not so much. But, over all it was pretty good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joe Martin

    The Poe Reader (2000)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I loved it. Still go back and read over certain things sometimes...

  10. 4 out of 5

    J.R. Randle

    Edgar Allan Poe ...no review needed!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cws

    JC-Poe

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elaina

    "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Mask of the Red Death" are my favorites. "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Mask of the Red Death" are my favorites.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Antonio Isaias Perez Jr

    Its Edgar Allan Poe. What more do I need to say?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara Bauer

    Poe isn't an easy guy to read, but you gotta love him anyway. The creator of American horror ... and a total nutjob. Thanks, Edgar! Poe isn't an easy guy to read, but you gotta love him anyway. The creator of American horror ... and a total nutjob. Thanks, Edgar!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Luke

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Fegely

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Beeks

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ana

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shady

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carl

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  29. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

  30. 5 out of 5

    Josh

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