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Edgar Allan Poe (The Great Masters Library) [Hardcover]

Edgar Allan Poe
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Jun 1986 The Great Masters Library
The marcabre and haunting elements of Poe's poetry have always intrigued. His poetry is a voyage into a world beyond normal consciousness, an exploration into a world beyond our waking life.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Outlet (Jun 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051761832X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517618325
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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"Nothing short of breathtaking." - Parents Magazine" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Born Boston, Mass, 1809, d.1849. Deserted by his father, and his mother died when he was two. Raised by John Allan, a merchant, and his wife Frances. Published his first work, Tamerlaine and Other Poems, in 1827; The Raven and Other Poems was a Great success in 1845. His many stories are collected in Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Died of drink in Baltimore. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depressed and loving it! 19 Aug 2003
Edgar Allan Poe, who is most famous for writing such poems as The Raven, has been published yet again, this affordable book is full of fabulous poems, its small enough to take everywhere with you, and most of all it has charm, deep and dark charm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 21 Oct 1998
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this is a good collection for younger readers who have not been intoduced to poe- there are side notes that define the out-of-date words and a summary at the beginning of each story excert/poem. There are illustrations for each piece of work as well that help younger persons visualize as well.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Overview of an American Writer 29 Sep 2003
By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com - Published on Amazon.com
The legend of Edgar Alan Poe is far from the reality, as we learn in A & E's Biography series documentary of his life. The much misunderstood author is given a fair look in this 50 minute overview. They bring us the sad, broken Poe, stumbling through lectures and readings, but they also show us a good man who loved literature and wanted to succeed as a writer.

Any student of Poe has been inundated with macabre, morbid tales of involving dead women, drug abuse and affairs. What is disregarded by early biographers are the facts between the tales. He crafted stories with careful excellence, depending on technique, and not the lack of sobriety. He drew from his personal life, but also fabricated complex fantasies that became the model for Stephen King, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and others. His poetry caught the attention of European greats like Charles Baudelaire and Mihaly Babits, who, in turn, translated Poe's works for the world.

We see where Poe lived an, and hear not only from his literary works, but his letters and the writings of those who knew him. We are able to attain a sense that Poe was not a monster only brooding in his woes, but a family man who longed to remain with Virginia, who lived with, as he wrote in "Annabel Lee," "no other thought than to love and be loved by me."

The affect of the tragedies which surrounded him are explored, from his poor relationship with his adoptive father to the many deaths of loved ones, lost to tuberculosis. Many men would have been enfeebled to write, but Poe took his sadness and expressed it as literary art.

I fully recommend "Biography - Edgar Allan Poe." His life has the legendary elements of scandal and addiction, but to know Poe better, it is important to learn beyond the cliches like "master of the macabre." This video does that.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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4.0 out of 5 stars Homework review 28 Nov 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book by Edgar Allan Poe that is filled with great "Poe"ms. My favorite is the poem called "The Raven." Some of the poems are a bit scary, and there are some scary pictures. I would recommend it for ages 8+. There are also poems that you can't find in any of Poe's books because they are shortened versions of larger, unabridged poems. Also, some of the poems have to do with death. Thanks to Brod Bagert, (editor) Carolynn Cobleigh, (illustrator) and of course, Edgar Allan Poe.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
I cannot think of a better way to introduce the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe than this small volume. The selection is excellent and of interest you the young reader. The commentary is quite relevant as are the pictures which accompany it. I find that often now, our young people go all the way through the early grades in school and many of them have never heard of Poe, much less read his poetry. This was the sort of stuff my generation and the generation before it grew up on and cut our teeth on. I do not feel I am any worse for the wear. I am fearful that we are bringing up an entire generation (rightfully or wrong, although I feel it is the later) of young folks who will have no appreciation to this great art form and will miss a lot. This book helps. This entire series helps, as a matter of fact and I certainly recommend you add this one and the others to your library. Actually, it is rather fun reading these with the young folk and then talking about them. Not only do you get to enjoy the work your self and perhaps bring back some great memories, but you have the opportunity to interact with your child or student. It is actually rather surprising what some of the kids come up with. I read these to my grandchildren and to the kids in my classes at school. For the most part, when I really get to discussing the work with them, they enjoy it. Recommend this one highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basil Rathbone's readings of Poe stories 30 Dec 1999
By F. F. Korndorf - Published on Amazon.com
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When read by Basil Rathbone, these Poe stories are better heard than read -- if that is possible. The many other available readings of Poe stories (and poems) appear risible by contrast. Rathbone's reading of "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a nuanced lurch through Hell that should not be missed by anyone for whom literature has any meaning whatsoever.
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