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Edgar Allen Poe’s poems and stories of horror and mystery blend wit with the macabre. His inventive narratives and erudite use of language have delighted countless fans since his career was tragically short in the early 19th century. Here is a selection of works from one of the most admired and entertaining American intellects.

Volume 5 is performed by Scott Woodside, whose rich, throaty voice rolls over Poe’s lyrical, stylized language and who makes a noble effort at the hilarious Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling, written phonetically in a thick Irish brogue. Among the other selections in this volume are stories approaching detective fiction, an essay on interior decorating, and satires digging at transcendentalists, popular sciences and people of Poe’s time.

Publisher's Summary

A collection of classic works by Edgar Allan Poe, American author, poet, editor, and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

This volume includes "Philosophy of Furniture", "The Sphinx", "Hop-Frog", "The Man of the Crowd", "Never Bet the Devil Your Head", "Thou Art the Man", "Why the Little Frenchman Wears his Hand in a Sling", and "Some Words with a Mummy".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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