Thursday, August 11, 2011
The 2010 - 2011 Book Reading Project -- Part Six (Short Stories)
Having written that, it is more than a little amazing at how trail blazing Poe really was. Yes, he wrought tales of the macbre (whatever that really means) and had some unhealthy obsessions. He was also the (seldom disputed) inventor of the modern detective story, and one of the early writers of science fiction. Shame that he was miserable, and died young and penniless.
From this book, I read "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall","The Gold-Bug", "The Balloon-Hoax", "Von Kempelen and His Discovery", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "Shadow–A Parable". The only one that I think really captures Poe at his best is the oft-read "The Cask of Amontillado". I figure to get more read from it this coming year as well, so hopefully I can find some Poe I didn't know that speaks to me.
This book also has Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and Twain's "The Private History of a Campaign that Failed", which I had read elsewhere. I would say, at $3.50, this is an excellent pick up for those who want a refresher on some of the short stories they read in their school days or as a gift to an adolescent whose primary literary interest may lie in Harry Potter (or the like).