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The Raven (Illustrated) (Top Five Classics Book 14) [Kindle Edition]

Edgar Allan Poe , Gustave Doré
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This Top Five Classics illustrated edition of Edgar Allan Poe's THE RAVEN includes:

• All 25 illustrations by Gustave Doré for Harper & Brothers' 1884 edition
• An informative Introduction
• A detailed Biography of Edgar Allan Poe
• The illustrated version and text-only version of the full poem

No poem has ever received the kind of immediate and overwhelming response that Poe's "The Raven" did when it first appeared in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845. It made Poe an overnight sensation (though his great fame never brought him much wealth) and the poem, a powerfully haunting elegy to lost love, remains one of the most beloved and recognizable verses in the English language. The illustrations that accompany this Top Five Classics edition are reproductions of the renowned French artist Gustave Doré's steel-plate engravings created for Harper & Brothers' 1884 release of THE RAVEN. It would be Doré's last commission as he died shortly after completing the 25 illustrations in January 1883. His illustrations would become famous in their own right, evoking as they do the lyrical and mystical air of Poe's masterpiece.


Product Details

  • File Size: 7259 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Top Five Books (June 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FAVTEMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,685 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure a better version is available May 2, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I wanted to reread The Raven and so downloaded this book. The good news is it does have the entire poem--which I read and enjoyed. The bad news is I had to page through 66% of the manuscript (to location 271) to find it. The first two thirds is a commentary which I cannot fairly review as I did not read it. Finally after the poem are a number of poorly formatted pages with mostly just numbers and snippets of the poem. All in all a very poor edition of a very great work.

There are a few other free editions available, I plan to delete this one and try the others.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Raven 5 stars.. March 14, 2010
By Jessss
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Raven is an awesome poem and one that will be used by teachers for decades to come for students to ponder over.

I gave this 4 stars because I couldn't go lower since it did include the poem; eventually. This freebie has about 70% of someones very indepth thoughts and the rest is the poem. If you need it broken down and have someone elses thoughts included, then this is for you. But if you're just looking for the poem itself..pass.
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap! July 7, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is totally worthless. It consists of various verses of the poem, followed by a person's name (presumably the person who downloaded the verse). Then, for example, the next verse is not even included. Then the third. Then a portion of the fourth. Etc. (I memorized the poem in high school, so I recognize missing portions thereof.) After the "poem" (in snippets), is a lengthy analysis of the poem, then an analysis of poetry in general, then poor analyses of other poems, etc.--all of which is totally useless and confusing.

If you want the poem in its entirety for free, look it up on the computer, where there are many versions of the poem available. But, for God's sake, do not read this and expect to find the poem in an intelligible form.

AVOID!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor piece of formatting - save your dollar October 24, 2010
By OZ
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is really poorly formatted. The biggest by far part of the book is Commentary on the poem (even comes before the poem itself). The Raven is formatted oddly with an indent at the start of each verse and then left-justified till the end of it (so no visible spacing between verses, and the final verse is not indented as well). The illustrations are where the real disaster starts - they are extremely low contrast (I have recent kindle dx and newspaper pictures beat the ones in this book with their eyes closed, I won't even mention 'screensaver' pictures) and what's more important - each illustration is at its own page, and then there is a quote, which the pic is supposed to illustrate *on a page of its own*. So it looks like: whole page is taken with gray rectangle of uncertain features, you flip a page and see a line from the poem and the rest is white!
At least one illustration is repeated twice (locations 374-75 and 376-77), the very first one is rotated 90 degrees. Save yourself a dollar and cents, buy something nice.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has Everything You Could Ask For March 8, 2002
Format:Paperback
I had to memorize this poem years ago. For years I believed that everyone did. Maybe it's a shame that they didn't.
This is classic Poe. It's not long. It is tight, straight to the point, and foreboding. And that is not the reason to buy the book.
The book really worth buying because of the classic illustration's by Dore. They are fantastic. They perfectly catch the tone of the poem. In a time before movies, animated cartoons, or TV, these illustrations showed the poem that was being read (probably out loud by an adult). They worked then. They still work.
Your children, your grandchildren, and your siblings will enjoy it as much as you will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New edition, now with correct typesetting March 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
[Note: This refers to the eBook only.]

The ebook has been updated and now the typesetting is sensible. The poem is there, and is quite readable. It is preceded by a lengthy commentary, which may or may not be of interest.

Note that the illustrations are still omitted, but lines mark their absence in the text, jarring the flow somewhat.

The poem is now quite readable, but could still be presented better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ridden with malaise January 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Not only is this book about intense emotions, but it takes you on a trip through madness. All the pieces are so well interwoven that you come out of it trembling with the central character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The raven is watching you February 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the best poems ever written. What can I say? It's free, so get it and read it. It's not too long so it won't take much of your precious time...
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