The Museum Collection

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque

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Creator: Edgar Allan Poe
Date: 1839
Format: Two Volumes, Vol.I 243pp, Vol.II 228pp
Source: Gift of John W. Robertson
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Publisher: Lea and Blanchard
Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publish Date: 1840


This is Edgar Allan Poe's first published collection of short stories. Though he had tried as early as 1834 to publish such a volume, it was not until 1840 that this book appeared. The items in this two-volume set were previously published individually in various periodicals. Popular stories in this collection include "The Fall of the House of Usher," "Ligeia," "Berenice," "Morella," and "King Pest."

Only 750 copies were printed, including twenty that were given to Poe as payment. Sales were poor, and Poe did not receive royalties for the book. He would continue to publish short stories in magazines and newspapers. Though he published two more collections of his short stories, the complete tales were not collected in book form until after his death.