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    The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    In the story, on the thousand and second night after her wedding, Scheherazade tells her husband the King a story in which Sinbad travels the world on what he believes to be the back of a monster. Sinbad is not aware that he is really traveling on a 19th century steamship. He sees and hears about many things which, from the descriptions Sinbad gives, appear to be the stuff of fantasy. Thirty-four footnotes to the story explain that all of the amazing things which Sinbad describes are scientific facts or genuine historical events.

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    Le Démon de la perversité & Le Chat noir: Annoté (French Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    Éditions enrichies :-Introduction et conclusion-Biographie détaillée et bibliographie de l'auteur-Contexte historique-NotesExtrait Le Démon de la perversité :Dans l’examen des facultés et des penchants, — des mobiles primordiaux de l’âme humaine, — les phrénologistes ont oublié de faire une part à une tendance qui, bien qu’existant visiblement comme sentiment primitif, radical, irréductible, a été également omise par tous les moralistes qui les ont précédés. Dans la parfaite infatuation de notre raison, nous l’avons tous omise. Nous avons permis que son existence échappât à notre vue, uniquement par manque de croyance, — de foi, — que ce soit la foi dans la révélation ou la foi dans la cabale. L’idée ne nous en est jamais venue, simplement à cause de sa qualité surérogatoire. Nous n’avons pas senti le besoin de constater cette impulsion, — cette tendance. Nous ne pouvions pas en concevoir la nécessité. Nous ne pouvions pas saisir la notion de ce primum mobile, et, quand même elle se serait introduite de force en nous, nous n’aurions jamais pu comprendre quel rôle il jouait dans l’économie des choses humaines, temporelles ou éternelles. Il est impossible de nier que la phrénologie et une bonne partie des sciences métaphysiques ont été brassées à priori. L’homme de la métaphysique ou de la logique, bien plutôt que l’homme de l’intelligence et de l’observation, prétend concevoir les desseins de Dieu, — lui dicter des plans. Ayant ainsi approfondi à sa pleine satisfaction les intentions de Jéhovah, d’après ces dites intentions, il a bâti ses innombrables et capricieux systèmes. En matière de phrénologie, par exemple, nous avons d’abord établi, assez naturellement d’ailleurs, qu’il était dans les desseins de la Divinité que l’homme mangeât.Extrait Le Chat noir :Relativement à la très étrange et pourtant très familière histoire que je vais coucher par écrit, je n’attends ni ne sollicite la créance. Vraiment, je serais fou de m’y attendre dans un cas où mes sens eux-mêmes rejettent leur propre témoignage. Cependant, je ne suis pas fou, — et très certainement je ne rêve pas. Mais demain je meurs, et aujourd’hui je voudrais décharger mon âme. Mon dessein immédiat est de placer devant le monde, clairement, succinctement et sans commentaires, une série de simples événements domestiques. Dans leurs conséquences, ces événements m’ont terrifié, — m’ont torturé, — m’ont anéanti. — Cependant, je n’essaierai pas de les élucider. Pour moi, ils ne m’ont guère présenté que de l’horreur : — à beaucoup de personnes ils paraîtront moins terribles que baroques. Plus tard peut-être, il se trouvera une intelligence qui réduira mon fantôme à l’état de lieu commun, — quelque intelligence plus calme, plus logique et beaucoup moins excitable que la mienne, qui ne trouvera dans les circonstances que je raconte avec terreur qu’une succession ordinaire de causes et d’effets très naturels.

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    Histoires grotesques et sérieuses Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Nous retrouvons, entre autres, dans ce recueil, la logique du chevalier Auguste Dupin (précurseur de Sherlock Holmes) avec "le mystère de Marie Roget", cette logique que nous avions pu admirer dans le "Double assassinat de la rue Morgue" et "La lettre volée" ("Histoires Extraordinaires"). Aux antipodes, nous risquons d'être déconcertés lorsque le grotesque atteint son paroxysme ("L'ange du bizarre") ! Cette traduction est due à Charles Baudelaire et fut publiée pour la première fois en 1865.

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    Detective Stories (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    The honour of founding the modern detective story belongs to an American writer. Such tales as “The Purloined Letter” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” still stand unrivalled.We in America no more than the world of letters at large, did not readily realize what Poe had done when he created Auguste Dupin—the prototype of Sherlock Holmes et genus omnes, up to the present hour. On Poe’s work is built the whole school of French detective story writers. Conan Doyle derived his inspiration from them in turn, and our American writers of to-day are helped from both French and English sources. It is rare enough to find the detective in fiction even to-day, however, who is not lacking in one supreme quality,—scientific imagination. Auguste Dupin had it. Dickens, had he lived a short time longer, might have turned his genius in this direction. The last thing he wrote was the “Mystery of Edwin Drood,” the mystery of which is still unravelled. I have heard the opinion expressed by an eminent living writer that had Dickens’ life been prolonged he would probably have become the greatest master of the detective story, except Poe.The detective story heretofore has been based upon one of two methods: analysis or deduction. The former was Poe’s, to take the typical example; the latter is Conan Doyle’s...

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    The Gold-Bug (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    The Gold-Bugby Edgar Allan PoeSet on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the plot follows William Legrand, who was recently bitten by a gold-colored bug. His servant Jupiter fears Legrand is going insane and goes to Legrand's friend, an unnamed narrator who agrees to visit his old friend. Legrand pulls the other two into an adventure after deciphering a secret message that will lead to a buried treasure.

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    La vida literaria de Thingum Bobu Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    Novela de misterio de Edgar Allan Poe.

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    A Descent into the Maelström (Annotate) (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    Inspired by the Moskstraumen, it is couched as a story within a story, a tale told at the summit of a mountain climb. The story is told by an old man who reveals that he only appears old - "You suppose me a very old man," he says, "but I am not. It took less than a single day to change these hairs from a jetty black to white, to weaken my limbs, and to unstring my nerves." The narrator, convinced by the power of the whirlpools he sees in the ocean beyond, is then told of the "old" man's fishing trip with his two brothers a few years ago.

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    El corazón delator Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    El corazón delator (título original en inglés: The Tell-Tale Heart), también conocido como El corazón revelador, es un cuento del escritor estadounidense Edgar Allan Poe, publicado por primera vez en el periódico literario The Pioneer en enero de 1843. Poe lo republicó más tarde en su periódico The Broadway Journal en su edición del 23 de agosto de 1845.La historia presenta a un narrador anónimo obsesionado con el ojo enfermo (que llama "ojo de buitre") de un anciano con el cual convive. Finalmente decide asesinarlo. El crimen es estudiado cuidadosamente y, tras ser perpetrado, el cadáver es despedazado y escondido bajo las tablas del suelo de la casa. La policía acude a la misma y el asesino acaba delatándose a sí mismo, imaginando alucinadamente que el corazón del viejo se ha puesto a latir bajo la tarima.

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    El rey peste Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    Una noche, dos marineros huyen sin pagar de una taberna de Londres. Al ser perseguidos, cruzan unas barreras que prohiben la entrada a una región de la ciudad aislada por la enfermedad de la peste. A pesar de ver cadáveres en las calles, avanzan hasta que, al oir unos alaridos provenientes de una tienda de pompas fúnebres, abren la puerta y entran. Lo que allí encuentran es algo de lo mas extraño.

  • Eureka Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    Eureka is the title of a philosophical and cosmological test of the American Romantic writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1848 as well the subtitle of the work, it is rather a "prose poem."

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    Eurêka - L'Univers selon Edgar Poe (Hors collection) (French Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    "Edgard Allan Poe (1809-1849) est l'une des principales figures du romantisme américain. Connu surtout pour ses contes fantastiques et autres histoires extraordinaires, mais controversé dans son pays en raison d'une vie agitée, il a d'abord été défendu par des auteurs français comme Baudelaire, Mallarmé (qui ont traduit la majorité de ses nouvelles et poèmes) et Valéry. Dans son essai Eurêka (1848), Poe tente de résoudre une énigme au travers d'une enquête conduite par l'auteur, qui se pose en visionnaire extra-lucide. Enquête suprême, puisqu'il s'agit d'élucider le mystère de "l'Univers physique, métaphysique et mathématique, matériel et spirituel, de son essence, de son origine, de sa création, de sa condition présente et de sa destinée", comme annoncé dans le premier chapitre! Voulant embrasser d'un coup d'oeil tout ce qui est connu en son temps, Poe y voit une unité, un ordre, un plan. Une consistance; tel est le mot-clé de sa cosmogonie personnelle. " Jean-Pierre-Luminet

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    The Black Cat: By Edgar Allan Poe - Illustrated (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    How is this book unique?Font adjustments & biography includedUnabridged (100% Original content)Formatted for e-readerIllustratedAbout The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe"The Black Cat" is a story by Edgar Allan Poe. It is a study of the psychology of guilt, often paired in analysis with Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart". In both, a murderer carefully conceals his crime and believes himself unassailable, but eventually breaks down and reveals himself, impelled by a nagging reminder of his guilt.

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    The Murders in the Rue Morgue: By Edgar Allan Poe - Illustrated (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    How is this book unique?Font adjustments & biography includedUnabridged (100% Original content)Formatted for e-readerIllustratedAbout The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a story by Edgar Allan Poe. It has been recognized as the first modern detective story; Poe referred to it as one of his "tales of ratiocination". Two works that share some similarities predate Poe's stories, including Das Fräulein von Scuderi (1819) by E. T. A. Hoffmann and Zadig by Voltaire. The story opens with a lengthy explanation of ratiocination. Dupin demonstrates his prowess by deducing his companion's thoughts as if through apparent supernatural power. The story then turns to the baffling double murder of Madame L'Espanaye and her daughter at their home in the Rue Morgue, a fictional street in Paris. According to newspaper accounts, the mother was found in a yard behind the house, with multiple broken bones and her throat so deeply cut that her head fell off when the body was moved. The daughter was found strangled to death and stuffed upside down into a chimney. The murders occurred in a fourth-floor room that was locked from the inside; on the floor were found a bloody straight razor, several bloody tufts of gray hair, and two bags of gold coins. Several witnesses reported hearing two voices at the time of the murder, one male and French, but disagreed on the language spoken by the other. The speech was unclear, and every witness admits that he does not know the language he claims to have heard.

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    The Pit and the Pendulum: By Edgar Allan Poe - Illustrated (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    How is this book unique?Font adjustments & biography includedUnabridged (100% Original content)Formatted for e-readerIllustratedAbout The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe"The Pit and the Pendulum" is a story written by Edgar Allan Poe. The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition. The narrator of the story is deemed guilty for an unnamed crime and put into a completely dark room. He passes out while trying to determine the size of the room. When he wakes up, he realizes there is a large, deep pit in the middle of the room. He loses consciousness again and awakens strapped on his back, unable to move more than his head. He soon realizes there is a large blade-like pendulum hanging above him, slowly getting closer to cutting through his chest. He finds a way to escape but the walls of his prison start to move and close in on him, pushing him closer and closer to falling into the pit. The story is especially effective at inspiring fear in the reader because of its heavy focus on the senses, such as sound, emphasizing its reality, unlike many of Poe's stories which are aided by the supernatural. This story has been adapted to film several times.

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    The Tell-Tale Heart: By Edgar Allan Poe - Illustrated (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    How is this book unique?Font adjustments & biography includedUnabridged (100% Original content)Formatted for e-readerIllustratedAbout The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe"The Tell-Tale Heart" is a story by Edgar Allan Poe . It is told by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of his sanity, while describing a murder he committed. The victim was an old man with a filmy "vulture-eye", as the narrator calls it. The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by dismembering it and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator's guilt manifests itself in the form of the sound—possibly hallucinatory—of the old man's heart still beating under the floorboards.

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    The Purloined Letter: By Edgar Allan Poe - Illustrated (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    How is this book unique?Font adjustments & biography includedUnabridged (100% Original content)Formatted for e-readerIllustratedAbout The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe"The Purloined Letter" is a story by American author Edgar Allan Poe. It is the third of his three detective stories featuring the fictional C. Auguste Dupin, the other two being "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt". These stories are considered to be important early forerunners of the modern detective story. The narrator is discussing with the famous Parisian amateur detective C. Auguste Dupin some of his most celebrated cases when they are joined by the Prefect of the Police, a man known as G—. The Prefect has a case he would like to discuss with Dupin. A letter has been stolen from the boudoir of an unnamed woman by the unscrupulous Minister D—. It is said to contain compromising information. D— was in the room, saw the letter, and switched it for a letter of no importance. He has been blackmailing his victim.

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    The Masque of the Red Death: By Edgar Allan Poe - Illustrated (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    How is this book unique?Font adjustments & biography includedUnabridged (100% Original content)Formatted for e-readerIllustratedAbout The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe"The Masque of the Red Death" is a story by Edgar Allan Poe. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague, known as the Red Death, by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, hosts a masquerade ball within seven rooms of the abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. Prospero dies after confronting this stranger, whose "costume" proves to contain nothing tangible inside it; the guests also die in turn. The story follows many traditions of Gothic fiction and is often analyzed as an allegory about the inevitability of death. Many different interpretations have been presented, as well as attempts to identify the true nature of the disease of the "Red Death."

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    The Fall of the House of Usher (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    The tale opens with the unnamed narrator arriving at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher, having received a letter from him in a distant part of the country complaining of an illness and asking for his comfort.

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    A Tale of Jerusalem: By Edgar Allan Poe - Illustrated (English Edition) Door: Edgar Allan Poe,

    How is this book unique?Font adjustments & biography includedUnabridged (100% Original content)Formatted for e-readerIllustratedAbout A Tale of Jerusalem by Edgar Allan Poe"A Tale of Jerusalem" is a story written by American author Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally 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.