In his stories and poems, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) did what few American writers before him even attempted: he wrote from the dark thoughts that haunted a sad, tortured soul. This Whole Story edition includes seven of Poe's most popular and influential short stories. The collection begins with "The Gold Bug," a story in which Poe employs complex mathematical computations that lead to a mystic treasure hunt. In "The Oval Portrait," an artist who cannot see inner beauty takes his wife's life by painting her soul into a portrait. A tale of political torture made terrifying with its claustrophobic hopelessness, "The Pit and the Pendulum," is one of Poe's most widely recognized stories. "The Cask of Amontillado" is the dark story of murderous revenge in an old family wine cellar. In "Some Words with a Mummy," an ancient Egyptian mummy is unraveled, awakens, and has a chat with the scientists it meets. Next comes Poe's best-known short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart," and finally "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," the appearance of which marked the birth of the detective story.
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