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PREFACE.

SEVERAL new features in this collection of Edgar Poe's Tales and Poems claim attention. This is the first occasion on which the Tales can be said to have been illustrated, as it is, also, the first time in which any real attempt has been made to classify them : the Tales of Imagination have now been separatedto their manifest advantage—from the other stories, and placed in one volume; the Tales of Humour in a second ; and the miscellaneous stories with the Poems in the third and fourth volumes. A very important feature in this edition is the lengthy fragment, “ The Journal of Julius Rodman :” this romance will be quite new to Poe's admirers, as it has not appeared in any previous collection. Among the Poems, which have now been chronologically arranged, some new pieces will, also, be found. All the writings included in this edition have been thoroughly corrected and revised, and, generally, from their author's amended copies. Attention may, likewise, be called to the circumstance that the Introductory Essay deals only with the facts, and quite ignores the numerous fictions, of Poe's career. The portrait prefixed to this volume is an original one, taken from a life-like daguerreotype of the poet, which is my property.

JOHN H. INGRAM.

LONDON, 1884.

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