Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (/poʊ/; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. 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 generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

Short Stories

A Descent Into the Maelstrom

A Predicament

A Tale of Jerusalem

A Tale of the Ragged Mountains

A Voyage to the Moon





Four Beasts in One


How to Write a Blackwood Article

King Pest

Landor’s Cottage



Loss of Breath

Mellonta Tauta

Mesmeric Revelation



MS. Found in a Bottle


Never Bet the Devil Your Head

Old English Poetry

Philosophy of Furniture


Silence — a Fable

Some Words with a Mummy

The Angel of the Odd

The Assignation

The Balloon Hoax

The Black Cat

The Business Man

The Cask of Amontillado

The Devil in the Belfry

The Domain of Arnheim

The Duc de L’Omelette

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

The Fall of the House of Usher

The Gold-Bug

The Imp of the Perverse

The Island of the Fay

The Landscape Garden

The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq.

The Man of the Crowd

The Man That Was Used Up

The Masque of the Red Death

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The Mystery of Marie Roget

The Oblong Box

The Oval Portrait

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Power of Words

The Premature Burial

The Purloined Letter

The Spectacles

The Sphinx

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherezade

Thou Art the Man

Three Sundays in a Week

Von Kempelen and his Discovery

Why the Little Frenchman Wears his Hand in a Sling

William Wilson

X-ing a Paragrab