Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
Edited By Mike Royston
91 p. illus.
OUT OF PRINT
For more than a century, Poe's stories have been among the most popular in the world. In his own lifetime, though, the hard-working editor of The Southern Literary Messenger-annual salary, $600-found American publishers reluctant to publish them at all. All five stories in this book first appeared in different periodicals. None of them was printed by the journal which employed him. This and the death of his wife, Virginia, in 1847 broke his heart and led to frequent bouts of insanity. Indeed, some of his darkest and horrifying stories came from his madness in the last years of his life. This is among the many themes explored in this book.
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