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Tales of Mystery & Imagination Paperback – Aug 15 1993

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Paperback; Reissue edition (Aug. 15 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0460873423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0460873420
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Award-winning fantasy illustrator Gary Kelley writes, "I have selected three of Edgar Allan Poe's best short stories.... I chose 'The Fall of the House of Usher' for its classic Gothic images and its dark, melancholic central characters, including the house itself. 'The Black Cat' is ... appealing to me for its use of mystery and foreboding that takes us to a horrifying climax. 'The Cask of Amontillado' ... my personal favorite, [is] a simple narrative of revenge set in the contrasting worlds of carnival and catacomb." Click on the book's cover for a closer look, but the reproduction doesn't really do justice to the richness of color in Kelley's shadowy, atmospheric paintings. (The cat's eye is green, and its tongue is pink.) This gorgeous edition has 20 full- and double-page paintings, including a melancholy portrait of Poe; each page of text is surrounded by subtle decorative frames. The images of Roderick and Madeleine Usher are especially effective. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. All books published since 1993 have also been completely restyled: all type has been reset, to offer a clarity and ease of reading unique among editions of the classics; a vibrant, full-color cover design now complements these great texts with beautiful contemporary works of art. But the best feature must be Everyman's uniquely low price. Each Everyman title offers these extensive materials at a price that competes with the most inexpensive editions on the market-but Everyman Paperbacks have durable binding, quality paper, and the highest editorial and scholarly standards.

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Format: Hardcover
Having never read Edgar Allen Poe I was quite pleased with his writing. One of my favorite stories out of the plethera of choices was the Gold Bug. At first I was relucant to continue with the book. It was going slow and was hard to interpret. Then in the middle of the story it picked up pace and had some mystery and magic in it. I became fixed with reading it and figuring out how they found the treasure and how it was all possible. The process of the way the treasure was found was fantastic. This book has many of Poe's greatest writings. And that is what made it great. You didn't ahve to get a lot of books to read many of his stories, you could simply just get one and read many. This book contained many great short stories. It is a must read.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book about a year ago and loved it. I'm the type of person who reads before they go to sleep and I had to put this book down because it was so frightening. I loved the way Poe drew me into the story and kept me begging for more. I was always curious to know what happened next, even if I was terrified. My favorite of all the stories was the "Cask of Amontillado". It was so creative how you became almost like a part of the story.
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Format: Hardcover
I felt chilled reading this collection of Poe's all time best stories. I especially loved the eerieness of The Cask of Amontialldo and the insanity of the narrator in the The Balck Cat, all so frightly believable. The illustrations top it off by adding a magical touch of frightful imagery to the collection.
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HASH(0xa73cc66c) out of 5 stars Here is where greatness lies! Nov. 25 2005
By Shirley Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had read some of Mr. Poe's tales at different times during the course of my life, but I had never before sat down to read all of his most important ones before I picked up this book. I found this an incredible thing to do, because I was faced with the genius that was Poe. Most of us know that he was the father of the short story genre, and that many famous authors (not the least of which were Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie) tried to follow in his footsteps. This is an almost impossible task because the genius of Poe was his poet's nature which allowed him to write very beautiful prose too. He also had the gift of mixing his impalpable shadows of mystery which run through all his tales with an almost obsessive attention to detail. This brought his stories to life when he wrote them, and this power still brings them to life today. It is difficult to pick a favourite tale out of so many gems, but I'd have to go with "The Black Cat", I think. In this tale Poe's protagonist allows a very intimate glimpse of the darkest recesses of his souls, and we descend into madness with him. This is an eerily beautiful world here and not for the faint of heart.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73cc180) out of 5 stars Truly a masterpiece! Full of horror and graphic imagination. April 16 1998
By Paulette Doremus (newrain@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I felt chilled reading this collection of Poe's all time best stories. I especially loved the eerieness of The Cask of Amontialldo and the insanity of the narrator in the The Balck Cat, all so frightly believable. The illustrations top it off by adding a magical touch of frightful imagery to the collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73cb984) out of 5 stars World's Greatest Literature Aug. 27 2010
By C. Lunde - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is part of a beautiful 20-volume series of classic books, all put out sometime in the 1930s. The books themselves are beautiful and durable, and the books in the complete set include:

THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII, by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton (Lord Lytton),
VANITY FAIR, A Novel without a Hero, William Makepeace Thackeray,
SCARLET LETTER, A Romance, Nathaniel Hawthorne,
TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION, Edgar Allan Poe, (this volume)
THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD, Oliver Goldsmith, with portrait and 20 illustrations,
THE SKETCH-BOOK, Washington Irving, vol. 11,
TREASURE ISLAND, A Story of the Spanish Main, Robert Louis Stevenson,
ESSAYS, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 399 pp, vol. 13,
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENVENUTO CELLINI, A Florentine Artist,containing a variety of information respecting the arts and the history of the sixteenth century, vol. 15.

I had them all when I was a child, and by some mistake or other I lost this volume. Luckily, Amazon had it. :) These books are all true classics in the best sense, and cover a wide variety of genres and styles. As for this one, it's wonderful--all of Poe's most famous short stories are collected in a single volume. Need I say more?
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HASH(0xa8126ac8) out of 5 stars Wonderful April 11 2014
By cekotina - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is exactly what I wanted. I purchased it mainly for the illustrations - Harry Clarke is one of my favorites and an inspiration. I am glad I went with one of the older Tudor Publishing editions, instead of a newer copy. Well worth it and a piece of art and poetic history - the two could't complement each other better. I'm very happy.
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HASH(0xa8127dec) out of 5 stars A "Master of the Macabre for Many Reasons" Jan. 28 2009
By Scott Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
This compilation of many Poe works includes such famed tales as "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Tell-Tale Heart." In all, there are 27 in this volume. Most are written in first-person and focus upon the fear of an imminent death, the protagonist's battle with madness, and often include the planning and execution of a murder. Yet, some are curious exceptions, such as "Eleanora." This story paints a magical picture of a romance which is lost through the death of the title character; her kind, loving message sent in a whisper to her lover from beyond the grave is both unexpected and sublime.

Poe, written of many times as "the master of the macabre," puts forth his stories with the rarest of skill and artistry in both prose and poetry. His work preys upon the most essential and timeless of human fears, and practically every story is a "great read." His is a literary form of writing that draws upon accurate historical detail, no matter the time period, place or circumstance, and his frequent incorporation of references to Greek Gods, mythological figures and Latin phrases embellishes the writing immensely.


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