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Stories and Poems (Classic Retelling)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  926 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
This companion volume to the Tales of Mystery and Imagination contains Edgar Allan Poe's best-known poetry, a selection of his very best stories (many of which originate in 1840s Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque) along with his finest tales from the last decade of his tragically short life. Many of these stories and poems tell of familiar Poe themes of murder, obsessio ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published August 4th 2000 by Houghton Mifflin
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Evripidis Gousiaris
Μικρές σύντομες ιστορίες με βαθύ σκοτεινό περιεχόμενο. Ιστορίες με πολύ συγκεκριμένη θεματολογία και δομή, συνεχίζουν 150 χρόνια να δίνουν την δικιά τους χροιά στις λέξεις "φόβος" και "ανατριχιαστικό". Και αυτό γιατί ο Πόε δεν επιχειρεί να τρομάξει τον αναγνώστη του με παραφυσικά φαινόμενα αλλά με το "τέρας" που κρύβει μέσα του άνθρωπος και η ψυχή του! Κάθε του ιστορία μοιάζει να βγήκε από τον κόσμο των ονείρων έχοντας μελαγχολικό και μυστήριο ύφος, ενώ στην επόμενη πρόταση καιροφυλακτεί πάντα ο ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It's a collection of twelve stories and twelve poems very nicely illustrated by David Plunkert. Poe's work has probably been written about more than any writer other than Shakespeare, so I certainly won't presume. This is an attractive hardbound volume with slick, colored pages, illustrated end-papers, and decorated page edges. The art seems to have a heavy Gothic influence, and while it's certainly nothing like what would have been used when th ...more
May 27, 2016 Bobby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm not a huge fan of the horror genre, Poe certainly does it extremely well. His writing is excellent for the most part; it felt a bit dated at times but not too bad. Overall, the writing itself is worthy of 4.5 to 5 stars. David Plunkert's illustrations are a bit too modern for me but I give him much credit for imbuing them with the same eerieness and spookiness that Poe's stories have. Though a minor quibble, I do wish the font size had been a bit larger. All in all, this is a wonder ...more
Jordan Simmonds
May 11, 2015 Jordan Simmonds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Absolutely loved this book. There were some stories that were a bit tedious to read, but never the less the overall experience was fantastic. He sets the scene vividly and tugs at the heart strings when it comes to love and women. He manages to draw you in and somehow we find ourselves waiting in suspense for the other shoe to drop. I take my hat off to him.
May 10, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i never used to think about being buried alive...

i can't stop thinking about being buried alive.
Kevin Catalano
Mar 01, 2016 Kevin Catalano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You haven't read Poe until you've read him alongside Plunkert's incredibly weird illustrations.
A suitably spooky read for Halloween. I haven't read any Poe for about 10 years and was kinda disappointed to notice how very formulaic his writing is. Still, several of the stories made me laugh out loud.
Jan 30, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Poe is one crazy dude. His stories are dark and often address some of the deepest passions and evils that humanity experiences. He usually writes in first person, which brings those perspectives even closer to the reader. I liked some of them a lot ("William Wilson," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "Thou Art the Man"), but some of them I didn't really get ("Shadow," "The Assignation"), and some were definitely the result of a major opium trip ("Silence"). My favo ...more
Brandon O'Neill
Oct 22, 2007 Brandon O'Neill rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This wasn't exactly the edition I read. What I read wasn't on the list - it was 18 of Poe's best short stories. You do have to pay attention because the language is a bit old world, but what an excellent writer. The short stories reminded me of something you'd see in the Twilight Zone long before TV existed. Favorite stories included The Pit and the Pendulum, The Cask of Amontilliado, The Black Cat, and The Gold Bug. Great read for the Halloween season.
Feb 12, 2016 Bonni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edgar Allan Poe never creases to amaze. Every story is unique and messed up and you can never really guess what you're in for. They may be a little difficult, but worth the read.
I think my favourites would be:
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
The Premature Burial
The Black Cat
The Raven (a poem)
Special shoutout to The Murders in the Rue Morgue for being the most bizarre tale I've ever read.
The best thing about this volume is that you don't have to flip to the back to read the footnotes, because they're at the bottom. Poe often makes references to contemporary cultural stuff, not to mention his assumption that the reader knows Latin, German, and French -- so this is really helpful. Also, the biographical tidbits really help to put the pieces in context.
Jan 04, 2008 Danny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my lack of a fifth star is not due to the content, which is outstanding not only for poe's stories but for the background notes and contextual commentary, but because the size makes it inconvenient to take or read anywhere but at home really.
Vincent Darlage
Dec 18, 2013 Vincent Darlage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Hard to read, the annotations were helpful, but the oversized pages still made reading difficult. Still, the annotations were worth the effort.
Mar 09, 2008 Cai rated it really liked it
Of course, i love anything edgar allen poe, my favorite, i cant find it here, is the complete tales and poems love it!
Angel Early
Oct 12, 2008 Angel Early is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Edgar Allan Poe Fans Poetry Short Story Readers
It's going to take me awhile to read this book 'cause I'm reading others at the same time & I like to take lots of time & read slowly when it comes to Poe to get the full effect of his writings.
Feb 04, 2016 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book mainly to see how the artwork corresponded to the wonderful poems and stories of Edgar Allan Poe. I was not disappointed. The artwork by David Plunkert was amazing!
Jul 15, 2010 Mikhael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
remind me to upload some images of this book. It's a collection of Poe stories, but illustrated like a cheesy romance novel for no apparent reason.
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My favorite edition of his poems.
It feels like my tiny little Edgar allan poe bible !
Completely in love with it.
And Annabel lee is my favorite poem of all.
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