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Retold with illustrations by artistDavid Plunkert, this high-end paperback edition of Classics Reimagined,Edgar Allen Poewill beguile your sad soul into smiling once again. Well-known, Baltimore basedartist David Plunkert will take you on a dark journey into the gothic stories and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Classic stories of the macabre willtake on a whole new meaning Retold with illustrations by artist David Plunkert, this high-end paperback edition of Classics Reimagined, Edgar Allen Poe will beguile your sad soul into smiling once again. Well-known, Baltimore based artist David Plunkert will take you on a dark journey into the gothic stories and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Classic stories of the macabre will take on a whole new meaning when you experience them accompanied by David Plunkert's mystical, and sometimes haunting interpretations. With this edition of the Classics Reimagined series, you'll find these densely written classics boring... nevermore. Whether you're looking to introduce young adults to classic horror tales, or are finding yourself drawn these classic mysteries and chillers, there no better starting point than Classics Reimagined, Edgar Allan Poe. The Classics Reimagined series is a library of stunning collector's editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual, interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors.


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Retold with illustrations by artistDavid Plunkert, this high-end paperback edition of Classics Reimagined,Edgar Allen Poewill beguile your sad soul into smiling once again. Well-known, Baltimore basedartist David Plunkert will take you on a dark journey into the gothic stories and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Classic stories of the macabre willtake on a whole new meaning Retold with illustrations by artist David Plunkert, this high-end paperback edition of Classics Reimagined, Edgar Allen Poe will beguile your sad soul into smiling once again. Well-known, Baltimore based artist David Plunkert will take you on a dark journey into the gothic stories and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Classic stories of the macabre will take on a whole new meaning when you experience them accompanied by David Plunkert's mystical, and sometimes haunting interpretations. With this edition of the Classics Reimagined series, you'll find these densely written classics boring... nevermore. Whether you're looking to introduce young adults to classic horror tales, or are finding yourself drawn these classic mysteries and chillers, there no better starting point than Classics Reimagined, Edgar Allan Poe. The Classics Reimagined series is a library of stunning collector's editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual, interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors.

30 review for Classics Reimagined, Edgar Allan Poe: Stories & Poems

  1. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It's a collection of twelve stories and twelve poems very nicely illustrated by David Plunkert. Poe's work has probably been written about more than any writer other than Shakespeare, so I certainly won't presume. This is an attractive hardbound volume with slick, colored pages, illustrated end-papers, and decorated page edges. The art seems to have a heavy Gothic influence, and while it's certainly nothing like what would have been used when I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It's a collection of twelve stories and twelve poems very nicely illustrated by David Plunkert. Poe's work has probably been written about more than any writer other than Shakespeare, so I certainly won't presume. This is an attractive hardbound volume with slick, colored pages, illustrated end-papers, and decorated page edges. The art seems to have a heavy Gothic influence, and while it's certainly nothing like what would have been used when the works were first published, I thought for the most part they were eerily appropriate. This was a perfect book for Halloween!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nina Schmidt

    Poe is a genius! There is No doubt about it. How about this edition? I Love the story selection and i just adore the illustrations my David Plunkert! I also have a Poe edition illustrated my Alfred Kubin, which Are the classic illustrations. For me the illustrations are equally Great.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sue Wadzinski

    Great refresh of his most famous works. Good for the Halloween season.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    First of all I shall give my usual disclaimer of how much I love Poe's writing, his ability to capture the humanity of his characters and see past the usual and expected to grasp at the things behind the veil is nothing short of genius. Now that's out in the open, I can honestly say that I loved this collection, it pulls together many of his lesser well known tales that show that his skills in writing are far more diverse than his reputation allows. This collection includes fantasy stories, such First of all I shall give my usual disclaimer of how much I love Poe's writing, his ability to capture the humanity of his characters and see past the usual and expected to grasp at the things behind the veil is nothing short of genius. Now that's out in the open, I can honestly say that I loved this collection, it pulls together many of his lesser well known tales that show that his skills in writing are far more diverse than his reputation allows. This collection includes fantasy stories, such as A Tale of the Ragged Mountains, which uses Poe's eye for lavish detail to show the beauty of Augustus Bedloe's travels, and the Island of Fay, which finds a man of science discovering a place he cannot explain but cannot help but believe. The collection also includes some of Poe black comedies and satires such as The Balloon Hoax and The Imp of the Perverse. I also rather enjoyed The System of Dr Tarr and Professor Fether, an amusing yet disturbing (or should that be disturbing yet amusing) tale of what can happen when an asylum is overrun by its patients. This volume also has a good selection of his poems, including my ever lasting favourite The Raven, along side Annabel Lee, A Dream Within A Dream (another favourite of mine) and Lenore. Even this poetry collection includes works that don't fit with Poe's macabre reputation but instead show the sadness that can pervade what is meant to be a happy day, as with Bridal Ballad, or how obsession can take over even the most rationale mind, as with Eldorado. A great volume to add to my Poe collection, both for its content and its beautiful bindings and cover.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bobby

    Although I'm not a huge fan of the horror genre, Poe certainly does it extremely well. His writing is excellent for the most part; it felt a bit dated at times but not too bad. Overall, the writing itself is worthy of 4.5 to 5 stars. David Plunkert's illustrations are a bit too modern for me but I give him much credit for imbuing them with the same eerieness and spookiness that Poe's stories have. Though a minor quibble, I do wish the font size had been a bit larger. All in all, this is a Although I'm not a huge fan of the horror genre, Poe certainly does it extremely well. His writing is excellent for the most part; it felt a bit dated at times but not too bad. Overall, the writing itself is worthy of 4.5 to 5 stars. David Plunkert's illustrations are a bit too modern for me but I give him much credit for imbuing them with the same eerieness and spookiness that Poe's stories have. Though a minor quibble, I do wish the font size had been a bit larger. All in all, this is a wonderful edition of Poe's stories; worth buying for hardcore Poe fans, or borrowing from the library for more casual readers of Poe.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Poe is one crazy dude. His stories are dark and often address some of the deepest passions and evils that humanity experiences. He usually writes in first person, which brings those perspectives even closer to the reader. I liked some of them a lot ("William Wilson," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "Thou Art the Man"), but some of them I didn't really get ("Shadow," "The Assignation"), and some were definitely the result of a major opium trip ("Silence"). My Poe is one crazy dude. His stories are dark and often address some of the deepest passions and evils that humanity experiences. He usually writes in first person, which brings those perspectives even closer to the reader. I liked some of them a lot ("William Wilson," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "Thou Art the Man"), but some of them I didn't really get ("Shadow," "The Assignation"), and some were definitely the result of a major opium trip ("Silence"). My favorite poems of his were "The Raven" and "The Bells." I couldn't tell why some of the other poems were considered so great, though - like "Eldorado" and "to Helen."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary-Jean Harris

    This was an intriguing collection of short stories read by a great narrator. Poe can really capture an atmosphere in his writing, and I especially liked the poem The Raven. It's haunting, and beautifully written. Most of the stories touch upon the themes of madness and obsessions, and Poe really makes them believable, though sometimes there is a lack of underlying motivations for some of the things the characters do. Regardless, they are short stories, and as such, I found them captivating and This was an intriguing collection of short stories read by a great narrator. Poe can really capture an atmosphere in his writing, and I especially liked the poem The Raven. It's haunting, and beautifully written. Most of the stories touch upon the themes of madness and obsessions, and Poe really makes them believable, though sometimes there is a lack of underlying motivations for some of the things the characters do. Regardless, they are short stories, and as such, I found them captivating and written with a haunting air, but it wasn't too creepy for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Simmonds

    Absolutely loved this book. There were some stories that were a bit tedious to read, but never the less the overall experience was fantastic. He sets the scene vividly and tugs at the heart strings when it comes to love and women. He manages to draw you in and somehow we find ourselves waiting in suspense for the other shoe to drop. I take my hat off to him.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amantha

    A suitably spooky read for Halloween. I haven't read any Poe for about 10 years and was kinda disappointed to notice how very formulaic his writing is. Still, several of the stories made me laugh out loud.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    I picked this up to fulfill the "Read a book of poetry" prompt in my 2016 challenge. Poetry isn't really my cup of tea. I am glad that I chose Poe, as it has that horror element which I do enjoy. I found this book to be OK. It wasn't bad but I wasn't thrilled.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I didn't read the entire thing because that would take ages! But, from the stories and poems I picked out to read, I really enjoyed it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Swenka

    Classic literature. Can't wait to revisit.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Catalano

    You haven't read Poe until you've read him alongside Plunkert's incredibly weird illustrations.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Colwell

    He's got a lot of good stories, and some less memorable ones as well, interesting to see the scope and breadth of his stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Peterson

    This book reassured me of two things. One, that short stories and poetry are not my favorite genre and two, Edgar Allen Poe was a fantastic writer. A brilliant man and a master of our language, Poe demonstrated what the human brain was capable of without the aid of pictures. "Yet its memory was replete with horror -- horror more horrible from being vague, and terror more terrible from ambiguity." "Its brilliant flowers are the dearest of all unfulfilled dreams, and its raging volcanoes are the This book reassured me of two things. One, that short stories and poetry are not my favorite genre and two, Edgar Allen Poe was a fantastic writer. A brilliant man and a master of our language, Poe demonstrated what the human brain was capable of without the aid of pictures. "Yet its memory was replete with horror -- horror more horrible from being vague, and terror more terrible from ambiguity." "Its brilliant flowers are the dearest of all unfulfilled dreams, and its raging volcanoes are the passions of the most turbulent and unhallowed of hearts." "Then -- let us bow down Charmion, before the excessive majesty of the great God! -- then, there came a shouting and pervading sound, as if from the mouth itself of HIM; while the whole incumbent mass of ether in which we existed, burst at once into a species of intense flame, for whose surpassing brilliancy and all-fervid heat even the angels in the high Heaven of pure knowledge have no name. Thus ended all."

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacki

    I think there's actually a story or two missing from this "complete collection." Edgar Allen Poe wrote one science fiction story that I couldn't find in here. Which was sad because I was excited to see the breadth of his work, but by missing that one story, they missed a whole genre that he played around with (even if it wasn't very successful). The rest of this is great. It's Poe. I could give a review for each of his works in here, but that would take forever and I haven't yet finished all of I think there's actually a story or two missing from this "complete collection." Edgar Allen Poe wrote one science fiction story that I couldn't find in here. Which was sad because I was excited to see the breadth of his work, but by missing that one story, they missed a whole genre that he played around with (even if it wasn't very successful). The rest of this is great. It's Poe. I could give a review for each of his works in here, but that would take forever and I haven't yet finished all of them. His classic ghost stories are good and creepy. He has a some key poems that are among my favorites in the genre, but overall, his poetry can get tiring. His mystery stories are far-fetched and unexpected. And then there's others that are just strange and sometimes playful with a dark sense of humor.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nina The Fussy Reader

    Poe is the master of macabre. It's no secret that he wrote some pretty morbid poems in his time, death being the subject matter of many of them, but I was surprised to find a lot of fantasy poems about fairies and enchanted lands, beautifully written and full of whimsy. I hadn't realised this side to his writing before, and they were a welcome contrast to his more melancholy works. Given the choice, I prefer the darker stuff. There's something raw and foreboding and intriguing about his poems of Poe is the master of macabre. It's no secret that he wrote some pretty morbid poems in his time, death being the subject matter of many of them, but I was surprised to find a lot of fantasy poems about fairies and enchanted lands, beautifully written and full of whimsy. I hadn't realised this side to his writing before, and they were a welcome contrast to his more melancholy works. Given the choice, I prefer the darker stuff. There's something raw and foreboding and intriguing about his poems of woe and death, and are certainly his more noteworthy poems. Deliciously dark. Hope to read more of his work in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    As with the volume of Collected Essays and Reviews, I have not read the entire volume. I will be returning to this book again and again ... and again. Each time with awe and delight. Poe was a master craftsman - not only of engaging and engrossing plot - but of composition. Furthermore, I was pleased to encounter a little celebrated version of Poe in this volume: Poe the humorist. The collected Tales and Poems combine the best of Poe's psychological terror, detective mysteries, supernal As with the volume of Collected Essays and Reviews, I have not read the entire volume. I will be returning to this book again and again ... and again. Each time with awe and delight. Poe was a master craftsman - not only of engaging and engrossing plot - but of composition. Furthermore, I was pleased to encounter a little celebrated version of Poe in this volume: Poe the humorist. The collected Tales and Poems combine the best of Poe's psychological terror, detective mysteries, supernal beautiful and haunting women, and laugh out loud hilarity -- all with Poe's signature literary style and stamp.

  19. 4 out of 5

    tessaj094

    This was a great collection of dark, creepy stories and poems to read leading up to Halloween. I had only read The Raven and one other of Poe's stories before sitting down to this book. The illustrations went along perfectly and I really enjoyed it. Even if I had to reread lines and sometimes paragraphs to fully grasp everything. Ha ha. My favorite stories were The Tell-Tale Heart, and Hop Frog. Favorite poems were The Raven (obviously), Annabel Lee, and A Dream Within A Dream. Absolutely This was a great collection of dark, creepy stories and poems to read leading up to Halloween. I had only read The Raven and one other of Poe's stories before sitting down to this book. The illustrations went along perfectly and I really enjoyed it. Even if I had to reread lines and sometimes paragraphs to fully grasp everything. Ha ha. My favorite stories were The Tell-Tale Heart, and Hop Frog. Favorite poems were The Raven (obviously), Annabel Lee, and A Dream Within A Dream. Absolutely recommend. 4.0-4.5 (The only thing that made it a bit difficult at times was the small writing. - Minor complaint though.)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    What can I possibly say about Poe? 1. He was one of the best writers to ever live. 2. He wrote some of the best (if not THE BEST) horror in the world and wrote one of the first mystery stories. 3. His stories are full of intensely-crafted figures and plots. 4. His vocabulary was immense beyond worlds, and he knew exactly what words to use for effect, pacing, and meaning. 5. His stories are all extremely entertaining. I could go on, but I will just say what is blatantly obvious: If you have not read What can I possibly say about Poe? 1. He was one of the best writers to ever live. 2. He wrote some of the best (if not THE BEST) horror in the world and wrote one of the first mystery stories. 3. His stories are full of intensely-crafted figures and plots. 4. His vocabulary was immense beyond worlds, and he knew exactly what words to use for effect, pacing, and meaning. 5. His stories are all extremely entertaining. I could go on, but I will just say what is blatantly obvious: If you have not read Edgar Allen Poe's writing, you have been denied some of the best stories in the world.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    Thought it would be fun to listen to some Poe on tape...and it was! I'd have given it more stars if it weren't for the inclusion of The Fall of the House of Usher in the collection. I don't know what it is about that story, but I've tried reading it twice, and now I've listened to it, and I just can't focus on the stupid story. I still don't have a clue what that story is about! But aside from that Poe is an awesome Poet. The Raven is one of my all time favourite poems and it was totally made to Thought it would be fun to listen to some Poe on tape...and it was! I'd have given it more stars if it weren't for the inclusion of The Fall of the House of Usher in the collection. I don't know what it is about that story, but I've tried reading it twice, and now I've listened to it, and I just can't focus on the stupid story. I still don't have a clue what that story is about! But aside from that Poe is an awesome Poet. The Raven is one of my all time favourite poems and it was totally made to be read aloud by a British dude. So yeah, this audiobook was good times.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anastasiya

    I really liked his poems and stories. Although, I sorta skimmed through the stories, I got the general idea. I personally love horror and melancholy! I would recommend it to people who aren't easily disturbed >:) Warning tho, this book is huge. Like HUUUGE!! In my opinion, the print is microscopic and the vocabulary and slang were a bit of a challenge for my brain. Lol. Nevertheless, it shouldn't be too confusing if you are willing to dedicate some time to it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    Okay, I need to preface this entry with why this great writer only acquired three stars from someone who reads as much as me. He's a master. He's an artist. With that being said and out of the way, I'm not one to prefer Van Gogh over Escher, if that brings any clarity to the table. Yes, he did write alarming stories that managed to gain your attention, but I have to wonder if this man was sane. Not really. It's apparent he was not.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bonni

    Edgar Allan Poe never creases to amaze. Every story is unique and messed up and you can never really guess what you're in for. They may be a little difficult, but worth the read. I think my favourites would be: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar The Premature Burial The Black Cat The Raven (a poem) Special shoutout to The Murders in the Rue Morgue for being the most bizarre tale I've ever read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brandon O'Neill

    This wasn't exactly the edition I read. What I read wasn't on the list - it was 18 of Poe's best short stories. You do have to pay attention because the language is a bit old world, but what an excellent writer. The short stories reminded me of something you'd see in the Twilight Zone long before TV existed. Favorite stories included The Pit and the Pendulum, The Cask of Amontilliado, The Black Cat, and The Gold Bug. Great read for the Halloween season.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    If you are a fan of Poe, this book belongs in your collection. I was very pleased with the story selection (including one of my favorites, "Never Bet the Devil Your Head"), and the book was beautifully illustrated. My only real complaint is that the size and coloring of the font made the text a bit difficult to read but honestly I don't view this book as a reading copy. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeanna

    I listened to the audiobook for this one, and I think it's a great introduction to Poe. It has short stories and poems, so if you're less interested in one story you know it won't be very long before you get to move on to a different story. This collection is made up of some of his best known works, so it'd be great for anyone wanting to read Poe for the first time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ogross

    I have a long commute on 95 on Monday nights, so I thought I'd start listening to some books on tape. I was a bit disappointed to find how limited the books on tape selection was at the library. Darn the modern CD era. Done! Loved these, especially on a dark highway late at night!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Staci Laird

    This is a gorgeous collection of some of Poe's work, both famous and lesser-known pieces. A few of the stories, I had never encountered before (Never Bet the Devil Your Head, Berenice, and Hop Frog). The illustrations are creepy and fantastic. This is an excellent addition to my bookshelves.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gabby_H

    I have read some Edgar Allan Poe stories before and they were hard to follow, when I found out this was a graphic novel I thought I would give it a chance because I do like his work. When reading it I really like the illustrations and it was a lot easier to follow along with.

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