Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe, Russell Hoban (Illustrator), Clifton Fadiman (Afterword)
Publisher: Macmillan
4th printing, 1967, ©1963, Item: 89753
Hardcover, 340 pages
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"I think of Poe as a night-writer. I feel he must have written mainly in the dead of night. And he is best read at night, too... ." writes Clifton Fadiman in his afterword.

This superb collection is well-calculated to plunge night-readers into strange and misty twilight regions–bizarre worlds that fascinate right through to the final sentence. Included are the best and most popular of Poe's tales–the first detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and one of the earliest science-fiction tales, "The Balloon- Hoax"; psychological thrillers, like "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart"; tales of terror and revenge, "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Cask of Amontillado"; wry tales of irony and humor, "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and "The Man That Was Used Up"–and the haunting rhythms of such favorite poems as "The Raven," "Annabel Lee" and others.

With sweeping color and sharp-edged reality, Russell Hoban's illustrations are a brilliant and passionate mirror for Poe's strange world of fact and fantasy.

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