Ten Great Mysteries

Ten Great Mysteries

by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum...The Purloined Letter...The Tell-Tale Heart...A Descent into Maelstrom...and six other choice chillers by the acknowledged master of mystery, fantasy, and horror. These ten absorbing stories, selected by a famed anthologist of science-fiction and the supernatural, prove that even after a century Poe's imagination still works it macabre magic.210 pages

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 4.13
  • Pages: 210
  • Publish Date: December 1st 1993 by Scholastic
  • Isbn10: 059043344X
  • Isbn13: 9780590433440

What People Think about "Ten Great Mysteries"

If you're looking for a good introduction to Edgar Allan Poe's prose, this collection would be a good place to start. As a reader, it is evident just how haunted of a man Edgar Allan Poe really was. I also enjoyed this little edition because even though it includes Poe classics like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Pit and the Pendulum," it also includes less well-known stories. Overall, not a must-have for Poe enthusiasts (as this is just a little snippet of his total works), but recommended for those who would like to become better read in Edgar Allan Poe or who would like to see what he is capable of.

Edgar Allan Poe and his work need little introduction. Poe has been considered one of the greatest story tellers of all time, and the man who has had an influence on the genre of mystery and crime like no other. His work has a darkness, a macabre feel that is often a little too much for people to take. Characters die in every book, so why is death such a big deal here? Poe has a way of writing that is oddly matter-of-fact, but incredibly gruesome. His detailing of the manner of death is at times so plain yet descriptive that it is disturbing. If you plan on reading Poe's work, then you cannot think of rushing through it like you would a number of mystery and crime writers today. And I think that anyone who says that they love reading need to read Poe's work - at least once.

I think I appreciated Poe more as young teenager than I do as an adult. That said; let me begin with Murders in the Rue Morgue. Poe is credited with being the first American writer of a detective story. For its time, though, I suppose Rue Morgue was trail blazing. A Tale of the Ragged Mountains I consider just a study of morphine-induced hallucinations with an odd, not quite believable One Step Beyond twist at the end. As was true of A Tale of the Ragged Mountains, this was my first reading of Poes A Descent into the Maelstrom. What makes this story much more readable than Murders in the Rue Morgue is that it is written with a lighter touch, with humor. I think every story in this collection has, at least, one foreign quote.

I first read Poe in the first grade, after randomly picking up a book containing some of his stories in my school library.

It's a good short story, but it's not a mystery at all.

I wonder if I would appreciate it more now that I've read some of his stories?

I would recommend this book to others because its very intense and is full of suspenseful stories. Lastly, I really liked the fact that there was a deeper meaning in each story inside of the book, and would definitely recommend it to anybody who likes to think a little deeper.

Within three years of Poes birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poes siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young Poes handwriting on the backs of Allans ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.