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The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe 1
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mkiker2089 May 12th, 2006 12:53 AM PST

With Poe it's simple to know what to buy first. Any collection of his that has all of his poems and short stories in one large book. That is easily found and often they are cheap. There is no copyright so you could also get a good selection for free on the internet.

As for what stories to read, first the poem "The Raven" for it's whimsy, then the story "The Black Cat". Both will give you a sample of Poe's great vision but somewhat dry execution.

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Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts ? October 7, 1849 in Baltimore, Maryland) was an American poet, short story writer, editor and critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantics. He is best known for his tales of the macabre and his poems, as well as being one of the early practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of Gothic and Detective fiction (Crime fiction) in the United States. Poe died at the age of 40, the cause of his death a final mystery. His exact burial location is also a source of controversy.

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