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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa395f8f4) out of 5 stars Tales of Mystery and Imagination - E A Poe, Calla Edition Dec 16 2008
By Charles Stembridge - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been keeping an eye out for this book since I first saw it in my High School Library in the early '60s. What was memorable were the surreal illustrations, and were the best effort I had ever seen in capturing the mood of Poe's stories. This book is a very fine production. It is a black cloth hardback, and the pages are oversized and heavy bond paper slightly yellow off-white color. Most of the illustrations are black and white pen & ink, with a few in color. All of the illustrations are single page, that is the other side of the page is blank; a mark of high quality. This is the definate 'Must Have' edition for anyone interested in Poe's works. I would also rate this book as a 'Best Buy', given the price to quality ratio.

Bibliographical Note (Quote)
'Tales of Mystery and Imagination', first published by Calla Editions in 2008, is an unabridged republication of the edition originally published by Tudor Publishing Co., New York, in 1933.

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The works of Edgar Allan Poe, in the rarefied company of Thoreau, Hawthorne, Twain, and Melville, represent the full flowering of American literature in the nineteenth century. By itself, this edition would be an outstanding collection of 29 tales of mystery, suspense, and the macabre; but what sets this volume apart are the magnificent illustrations of Harry Clarke. Many artists have attempted to illustrate Poe, though it is no easy feat to match graphically the powerful effect of Poe's words on the reader. Harry Clarke's ambitious attempt is widely regarded as a resounding triumph. While his color-plate work here is excellent, it is Clarke's fine-line full-page Pen & ink drawings that superbly bring to life the intense phychological dramas so central to Poe's storytelling. These richly atmospheric and densely textured creations make this the definitive illustrated edition of an undisputed giant of the American literary canon.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa395fb40) out of 5 stars Wonderful reprinting! Jan. 29 2014
By dubliner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As Harry Clarke's granddaughter, I grew up with the original edition of this book in my house in Ireland. A fascinating and wonderful adventure for a child! My father has since donated the book to the National Gallery of Ireland. (Not many know that Harry Clarke was Irish and was also one of the finest stained glass artists to have ever lived. He died young in 1931.) This book does Mr. Poe and Mr. Clarke great justice. Many have tried to reproduce their work but none have succeeded as well as Calla. Well done!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa395fd80) out of 5 stars Simply exquisite, a must-have for Poe fans and collectors Dec 1 2009
By Z Hayes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Poe is one of my favorite authors of the macabre, and I have various editions of his works, especially the "collected" works editions. This particular edition by Calla is quite a treasure, containing 29 of Poe's tales. The quality of the book is impressive, especially at the reasonable price offered here (even at retail it would still be a bargain in my opinion). The book is in hardcover with black cloth binding, and the quality of paper is of fine, and heavy stock. Some of the illustrations are in color, but most are pen and ink drawings in B&W. The stories contained within this book are complete and unabridged. The main highlight of this book are the intricate illustrations by Harry Clarke which vividly capture the emotions and Gothic horror of Poe's stories, an extraordinary feat indeed. This is a handsome edition of Poe's stories, and makes a perfect gift for Poe fans and avid collectors. I for one look forward to hours of pleasure spent browsing through the magnificent illustrations and re-reading these wonderful, insightful stories of mystery and the macabre.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d39018) out of 5 stars Mystery Solved March 10 2005
By wolf lady - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a really neat book. It is a complete collection of Poe's short stories. The book is illustrated with very creepy color & black/white artwork of Arthur Rackham. If a person wanted to destroy the book by removing the illustrated pages, they are suitable for framing. There is no print on the reverse side, so the text would actually still be complete but the thrill of looking at the art would be gone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d3930c) out of 5 stars Beautiful book, amazing illustrations by Harry Clarke Feb. 7 2012
By RoseRed - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this specifically for the illustrations by Harry Clarke. The pictures are flat out amazing,
the detail is equally astonishing. This is a big hardback book, and the paper is very high quality,
but I am concerned that the binding is glued instead of sewn. I don't know enough about publishing/binding
to know if there are any book bindings that are sewn anymore even, but I anticipate having to get this
book reglued at some point because it's so big (this is based on experiences with other big books with glue
based binding). This is only a minor concern though; overall, this is a great price for such a gorgeous book.
The illustrations enhance and amplify Poe's stories in a perfect marriage of text and picture. I usually
don't want illustrations with my books (I want the image left up to me) but this is a lovely, lovely exception.
One last note: this was a present that I ordered eight days early and it took two weeks to arrive. I don't
know if the blame lies with the seller or the delivery system, but it obviously didn't arrive in time for the birthday.
It seems to me that Amazon isn't nearly as fast as they used to be, shipping wise. One of the main reasons I love Amazon
is for the free super saver shipping, but I'm going to check other sources first if I continue to receive items past reasonable
delivery dates.