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Released in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth, this marvelous recording has all the bells and whistles. Tasteful musical transitions set off three gifted narrators. The language is archaic, as when the hero of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" boasts that most men "wore windows in their bosoms," but enthusiastic narrations lure us into black places in the heart that seem not to have altered significantly since Poe's time. The package ends with a brief biography. Poe's actual life was almost as frightful as his imaginative one. These are not happy stories, but it is heartening that a man fascinated with the prospect of "The Premature Burial" (1844) should still enthrall us today.
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Released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth in January 1809, this selection of well-loved, chilling tales from the master of the supernatural is a perfect Christmas gift. The short stories include "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Masque of the Red Death", and "The Fall of the House of Usher". This release also features additional poetry by Poe and a new biography especially written for Naxos AudioBooks by Roy McMillan.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
Public Domain (P)2008 Naxos AudioBooks
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"This marvelous recording has all the bells and whistles. Tasteful musical transitions set off three gifted narrators. The language is archaic, as when the hero of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" boasts that most men "wore windows in their bosoms," but enthusiastic narrations lure us into black places in the heart that seem not to have altered significantly since Poe's time." (AudioFile)
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By max ellis on 20-12-11

Old memories recalled

If you could sum up The Essential Edgar Allan Poe in three words, what would they be?

Edgar Allen Poe

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This is a book of short stories by the Mr. Poe. Edgar Allan Poe's writings were mandatory reading when I was in the 9th grade. Some of the stories I could remember the jest, but most were mist or fog. I enjoyed revisiting the stores and having them read to me. (That way I didn’t have to struggle through the early English Language.)

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