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The Raven and Selected Short Stories | [Edgar Allan Poe]

The Raven and Selected Short Stories

The title work in this collection of ten short stories and poems is widely regarded as the most famous of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings. This unsettling tale in verse tells of a man’s slow descent into madness as he mourns the loss of his lover. The mysterious visit of a talking raven that utters only one word sparks the man’s steady decline.
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The title work in this collection of ten short stories and poems is widely regarded as the most famous of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings. This unsettling tale in verse tells of a man’s slow descent into madness as he mourns the loss of his lover. The mysterious visit of a talking raven that utters only one word sparks the man’s steady decline.

Now the inspiration for a major motion picture starring John Cusack, these tales of mystery and terror are here brought vividly to life by Blackstone Audio. Poe, the inventor of the modern detective story, was an expert at weaving suspense and horror into tales that thrill and chill. Included in this collection are “The Raven,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The TellTale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Black Cat,” “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” and “HopFrog.”

Edgar Allan Poe transformed the American literary landscape with his innovations in the shortstory genre and his haunting lyrical poetry, and he is credited with inventing American gothic horror and detective fiction. Orphaned at three years old, he was first published in 1827 and then began a career as a magazine writer and editor and a sharp literary critic. In 1845 the publication of his most famous poem, “The Raven,” brought him national fame.

Public Domain (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Poe constantly and inevitably produced magic where his greatest contemporaries produced only beauty.” (George Bernard Shaw)

“Certain of Poe’s tales possess an almost absolute perfection of artistic form which makes them veritable beacon lights in the province of the short story…Poe’s weird tales are alive in a manner that few others can ever hope to be.” (H. P. Lovecraft)

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    "POE WAS A MASTER STORY TELLER"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, and i already have recommended this to several friends, as well as sparked and interest to see the movie...which was awesome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Raven and Selected Short Stories?

    loved it all as i had studied Poe's works in high school. thirty years later i am still enjoying it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the tapping raven and the lovely lenore.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    as mentioned above an enjoyable listen as it sparked memories for me of my high school years.


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