Although Edgar Allen Poe mainly wrote short stories, his work has been adapted for a number of formats, including Phillip Glass’s operatic version of The Fall of the House of Usher (I saw this production in Long Beach, California, and was suitably impressed by the staging, the singing, and as always Poe). Of course, there have been numerous films and TV productions as well.
The musical, Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, focuses on Poe’s life itself, but brings in numerous elements from his fiction. The play focuses on five women who were very important to Poe. Wikipedia has a synopsis, but don’t read it–you will instead want to see the play for yourself at Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. This production, by Catalyst Theatre, has received excellent reviews on its tour, as has the musical itself in various productions in North American and London. The songs have been especially praised.
Buy tickets: http://www.kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/1692