Classics in Brief

Classics in Brief

These are the books you SHOULD have read… but didn’t. Or maybe you read them, but it was 20 years ago… and everything you learned 20 years ago took a backseat to figuring out your Friday night plans.

We get it. That’s why we have our Classics in Brief book club. With the help of our super-well-read-and-educated staff, we choose some of the great Classics of literature… all kept short.  Just because you might not have time to read War and Peace doesn’t mean you can’t read ANY Tolstoy! Join us as we work our way through a range of old and new classics that won’t monopolize your reading list!

What We're Reading:  Great Tales and Poems, by Edgar Allan Poe

Event date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 7:30pm
Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780307474773
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 1st, 2009

A new selection for the NEA's Big Read program

A compact selection of Poe's greatest stories and poems, chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts for their Big Read program.

This selection of eleven stories and seven poems contains such famously chilling masterpieces of the storyteller's art as "The Tell-tale Heart," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Pit and the Pendulum," and such unforgettable poems as "The Raven," "The Bells," and "Annabel Lee." Poe is widely credited with pioneering the detective story, represented here by "The Purloined Letter," "The Mystery of Marie Roget," and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."

Also included is his essay "The Philosophy of Composition," in which he lays out his theory of how good writers write, describing how he constructed "The Raven" as an example.