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Welcome to the Masters of Poetry book series, a selection of the best works by noteworthy authors.Literary critic August Nemo selects the most important writings of each author. A selection based on the author's novels, short stories, letters, essays and biographical texts. Thus providing the reader with an overview of the author's life and work.This edition is dedicated to the American writer Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.This book contains the following writings:Biografical: Texts by John H. Ingram; Rufus Wilmot Griswold; N. P. Willis and Sarah Helen Whitman.Poetry: Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems; Poems of later life; Poems of Manhood.Prose: 7 best short stories by Edgar Allan Poe.Non-Fiction: The Philosophy of Furniture; Maelzel's Chess-Player; A Few Words on Secret Writing; The Philosophy of Composition.If you appreciate good literature, be sure to check out the other Tacet Books titles!