Edgar Allen Poe was an American 19th Century poet and writer, best known for his macabre and haunting short stories and poetry, his most famous being The Raven
. This Little Black Classic contains three of his short stories, including the well-known The Fall of the House of Usher
As a well-rounded reader I have obviously heard of Edgar Allen Poe-in fact he is one of the few writers most people have heard of, even those who do not read-but I had never read anything by him. His genre and medium do not interest me but I am always intrigued by classics.
I was quite disappointed, however. The first tale was utterly boring (so much so I cannot remember it's name), though I can see how it could have been mysterious and frightening to the Victorian reader. The Fall of the House of Usher
was a much better attempt, but even then it was not frightening nor particularly macabre. And the latter followed the suite of the first.
He does have a good sense of mystery and his writing style is quite well, so I'm sure I will try something more of his.