- Publisher: Bantam Classics (September 1, 2004)
- ISBN-10: 0553900722
- ISBN-13: 978-0553900729
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Poe's finest forte in the story is his development of characters as well as his detailed imagery. With a few words he can paint a perfect picture of the scene and of the characters. "--Nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses --not destroyed --not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute." In this first creative line of the story, Poe starts of by having the character deny insanity. By doing this the reader right away suspects that he is. Poe's characterization method is original and admirable to other authors. His morbid imagery is also legendary as he writes to describe the stalking of the old man, "..Read more ›
The recommended age given by the publisher is 9-12, but younger and competent readers might be able to appreciate this. The language does appear to be stilted in trying to keep with Poe's style of writing, but this may put off young readers who are not used to the language style used here.
In `The Painter of Eyes' by Jean Richepin, we encounter an obscure artist who sells his soul to the Devil in order to paint at least one masterpiece. There is a bit of writing attached to the corner of his great painting that reads: "The Devil has informed me as to the secret of painting eyes. That secret consists of decanting the life from the models one wishes to represent and fixing that life on the canvas. In doing that, one slowly kills the people whose portrait one paints. . . . It is sufficient for me to know that I have made this masterpiece. I commend my soul to the prayers, in case the Evil One does not leave me the time. . . ." The writing ends abruptly since death strikes the artist in mid-sentence.
In `The Gaze' another story by Jean Richepin, the narrator peers through the window of a cell at a madman holding his arms spread, head uplifted, transfixed by a point on a wall near the ceiling. The doctor-alienist relates to the narrator how this inmate is obsessed with the gaze of eyes from an artist's portrait. "For there was something in that gaze, believe me, that could trouble not only the already-enfeebled brain of a man afflicted with general paralysis, but even a sound and solid mind." Turns out, the narrator discovers the doctor is also driven mad by these eyes. So much so, the doctor took a scissors to the painting.Read more ›
Obsessed main character who thinks he's perfectly normal - check. He's not even crazy, he just has super hearing and sometimes hears things other people don't.
Innocent person who has no idea that horror is about to unfold - check. Poor old man.
Ruined building - nope. Perfectly normal setting, but the effect of the moon and wind out the old man's window is delightfully creepy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is being used to enable students to see how the author develops the character and to develop the tone/mood of a narrative. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joanne D. Cook
This is a great short story of a horror class I tale. I love his stories and maybe poems. #awesomePublished 3 months ago by Michael Cain
I love Edgar Allan Poe. his poems are good, but his short stories are great. It's only 8 pages long, so a short stories complete set would probably be a better choice, but I think... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tamara Byrd
This story is what totally got me hooked on the whole 'Poe' scene, it was thrilling, and odd, but hey, that's Poe for ya. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Fred Lindsey
Fast shipping, book arrived as described.Published 15 months ago by Proactiv review from recent purchased custmer
This edition has errors. First is that another short story is listed in the Table of Contents instead of The Tell-Tale Heart. Read morePublished 18 months ago by L Texas
Loved the story. It was very short but still such a great read. Want to read it again.Published 19 months ago by ring_freak
I first read Edgar book in Grade School. We read the Tell-Tale Heart and the Raven. I love his books every since the 7 th grade. My daughter is 15 now she is reading his books. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Theresa Amick