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I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. -E.A.Poe


After purchasing his complete works last year, I finally finished it today. Yes, it took me a year. 973 pages was a struggle especially when you squeeze in classes, graduation requirements and exams. What an accomplishment to actually read all his works and smother myself with his dark twisted stories. Another literary companion while I was reading that was a handy-dandy dictionary. It helps when I realized what the master of short stories was talking about.

I've highlighted some stories that were most riveting such as The Spectacles, The Pit and The Pendulum, Hop-Frog, The Oval Portrait, The Black Cat and a lot more. The Narrative of Gordon Pym of Nantucket is Poe's only full-length work and one fine adventure story ever written which gave me a handful of pirate and terrorism dreams for days. Originally, the ending lacked about 2 or 3 chapters so it's forever a mystery and it left me hanging. Maybe that's why my subconscious is trying so hard to complete it and transcend the ending in my dreams. Hmmmm... (Poe channeling himself through my dreams? Haha)

It was an adventure conversing with Poe and now I'm off to decide which book to read next.

25 ₪ ΓΈ lll ·o.:

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

i am a huge edgar allen poe fan. loved studying his works in college! they prove to be some of my fave short stories ever.

have fun finding your next book!

Beth said...

Poe never fails to amaze me. He led such a tragic life, no wonder his stories are all so eerie!

jemina said...

This should be interesting, I applaud your tenacity my dear, I don't know if I could have the willingness nor the stamina to finish EA POE books, so Congrats are in order and Kudos to you my dear

XOXO
J

David Diaz said...

Edgar Allen Poe is a great writer!

David
www.VirtuallyStunning.blogspot.com

DaMnViXeN said...

wow id love to get a hold of something like this! ^^

Daiane said...

i love poe, so many great works! congratulations for finishing reading, i wish i were that driven! ^_^
xoxox

style-haus said...

aahhh the pit and the pendulum. it's been so long since i've read his work...dark and a genius w/words. this post has motivated me to revisit.

http://style-haus.blogspot.com/

Kellie W. said...

I love Poe, he's always been one of my favorite writers. I haven't read all of his works yet, though. That requires some serious dedication! That's pretty terrific that you made it through the entire book!

CDG said...

Omg I love edgar allen poe! Glad to meet someone else who isn't ashamed of reading. Seriously, in my city you are immediately an outcast if you enjoy opening a good book.

MISSY S said...

wow! so cool of you! <3
ive heard about him when i was in highschool.
goodluck with your next read. share it here too!
have a nice day.

Taradiddles of A style on a budget

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Krystal said...

Interesting! We have a huge book of short stories that we are supposed to be reading eachother every now and then. His stories are so interesting and sometimes, I'm all wtf..but they are so good.

Violetta E. said...

awesome

The Lilac Rabbit said...

I love Poe. One of my favorite authors.

Hanna C. said...

hm i think i have to read all of his writings sometimes :)

xxxHanna

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Congrats on finishing that massive novel. I love Poe and his stories seem so perfect to read on these dismal fall days...the weather being dark and windy and gray is just the perfect atmosphere. I'm lazy, so I may get his stories on CD to listen to one night...hehe.

Georgina Dollface said...

Bravo on completing the entire collection!
Although not as extensive, you might want to consider reading Sylvia Plath next.
I love the opening photo you have up with the book laid out on a scratched wooden desk. Worn, aged and well-used wood furniture like that makes me drool. The scratched surface leaves so many unanswered questions: What words were written on that desk? What drawings rendered? What ideas uncovered? So many possibilities.- G

Kaleido Mind said...

it's so much harder to have free time to read for leisure as we get older--i applaud your accomplishment;D!!

Confessions of A Confused City Girl said...

Oh i love E.A. Poe... Congrats on finishing the book :-) That's a big one

~Sherine
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anhesty said...

my fave writer!

VeRo! said...

poe is for the rainy winter nights..

Effie (: said...

lool pro photography xD

Sarah Dee said...

The pit and the pendulum is horrible and fascinating! Great book and great blog!

Sarah
theantiquepearl.blogspot.com
p.s thank you for your sweet comments <3

Amy T said...

i've never read any of his books, maybe im the only one! i will give it a read after ni finish the one im reading now!

Galit said...

I love EAP stories although I haven't read any in a while (but interesting enough, in my other book choices he is very often being referenced).
This quote of his is one of my favorite.

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