The Best of Edgar Allan PoeAudiobook CD - 2006
Includes: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven, Annabel Lee, Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, Ulalume, The Black Cat, The Bells, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Purloined Letter , & The Gold Bug.
"These stories unfold naturally while riveting the attention of the listener..." --Booklist
Edgar Alan Poe (1809-1849) is unquestionably one of the 19th century's most gifted and powerful writers, as well as one of the most misrepresented and misunderstood. His black, macabre tales, the extreme emotional turmoil of his characters, and his grotesque and terrifying distortions of reality have often led critics to assume that Poe's work merely reflected a tormented inner state. His writing was vilified for years by those who painted him as an "evil genius," a man who created such strange and chilling worlds by virtue of "diseased intellect."
Modern day critics have been much kinder to Poe who is now acknowledged as an innovator decades ahead of his time. The stories and poems in this recorded collection are classic Poe, reflecting the sides of his genius for which he is most beloved: the romantic, melancholy poet, and the master storyteller, spinning tales capable of producing a terror in listeners that few writers have equaled before or since.