Book Review: Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic.  He was born in 1809 in Boston, U.S.A.  He had a life of tension, including, debts, gambling sprees, and he was orphaned when he was a child.  He is best known for his poems and short stories, and his work has increased in public popularity – it appears in music, films, television.  His work has influenced American literature.


Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his tales and poems of horror.


The Black Cat – The story has all the components of Poe's horror style.  The plot is woven around a drunkard who kills his cat.  The cat comes to haunt the man.


The Balloon Hoax – This story appears like a real story, but it is not real – it is factious. It is about a group of men who sail across the Atlantic Ocean by the means of a new type of balloon. The story was published in the New York Sun.


The Spectacles – Poe wrote very few comedies, and this one is among those comedies.  It is the story of a young man in love with an aristocratic lady.


Edgar Allan Poe died in 1849 in Baltimore, USA.

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