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The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado

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by Edgar Allan Poe, Byron Glaser (Illustrator)

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Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.

We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the


Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.

We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has been designed with today's young reader in mind. As the words come to life, students will develop a lasting appreciation for great literature.

The humor of Mark Twain...the suspense of Edgar Allan Poe...the danger of Jack London...the sensitivity of Katherine Mansfield. Creative Short Stories has it all and will prove to be a welcome addition to any library.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amanda MacGregor
Short stories are made even more accessible in this Creative Short Stories series. Shirley Jackson's classic The Lottery portrays a small town that gathers to hold its yearly lottery, a barbaric game of chance. Each head of household draws a slip, and the family with the marked slip will lose a member to stoning by the townsfolk. The shocking story forces readers to grapple with issues of ritual and violence. In Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado, the main character, Monstresor, vows revenge on Fortunato, a former friend. Monstresor leads Fortunato into a wine cellar tucked away deep in the catacombs. Here Monstresor chains and walls up his victim, leaving him to die. The horrific crime and claustrophobic surroundings are unsettling, but Monstresor feels no remorse for his act. Each book has a section after the tale examining the background of the story's publication, providing initial reactions, and exploring themes and motivations. An author profile is also appended. These additions will help readers more thoroughly understand the story, its context, and the author. The main section of each book, the short story itself, is less than twenty pages long. The print is large, and mysteriously some text is printed in different colors. These two stand-alone volumes may appeal to readers who would find a large collection of short stories unappealing. Stories by Oscar Wilde, O. Henry, Jack London, Mark Twain, Frank Stockton, and James Thurber complete this eight-volume collection. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
The macabre short story and the brief biography of Edgar Allan Poe are brought together in this interesting book. The short story tells the tale of two men who dislike each other. Fortunato bates Amontillado into accompanying him into the catacombs with the pretest of having Amontillado judge a new wine. In proceeding to where Fortunato stores wine, they pass crypts filled with dead people's bones and skeletons. When they come to a recessed area, Fortunato surprises his "friend" by pushing him into a recessed area and starts plastering him inside. At first, Amontillado jokes and laughs at his friend's jest, but Fortunato leaves his friend to die. Fortunato will never be blamed for the sinister crime. However the rest of his life the deed is on his conscience. There is a brief biography of Edgar Allan Poe. His mother died when he was two-years old. Poe attended the University of Virginia and West Point. He did not conform to the rules and was dismissed. Poe's poems and short stories were well received. When he was twenty-seven, he married his thirteen-year-old cousin. Poe had little money, drank, and gambled heavily. He often suffered severe depression. His young wife died of tuberculosis soon after their marriage. Poe died in 1849 in Baltimore when he was forty-years old. His haunting writing lives on to this day. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro

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Short Story Library
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Meet the Author

Edgar Allan Poe (/po?/; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.

Poe was born in Boston, the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but Poe was with them well into young adulthood. Tension developed later as John Allan and Edgar repeatedly clashed over debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of secondary education for the young man. Poe quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the Army in 1827 under an assumed name. It was at this time that his publishing career began, albeit humbly, with the anonymous collection of poems Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian". With the death of Frances Allan in 1829, Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement. However, Poe later failed as an officer's cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with John Allan.

Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845, Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. For years, he had been planning to produce his own journal The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at age 40; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.

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Cask of Amontillado 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HIS VOCABULARY RANGE IS HUGE!!!! But the story is good overall. I would recommend this to talented readers with good vocabulary, otherwise you would literally need a dictionary to help you! I am a fairly advanced reader, but I needed a dictionary to aid me due to his strong vocabulary. Like I said, this book is thrilling as well as challenging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A new tom walks in. ((Just came up with a cool name, I know its only supposed to be Ashclaw or somethin.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is one of my favorite books. Im in the ninth grade and fourteen but a very advanced reader abd i got this story pretty quickly. After my english class read the story, me and a couple if my best friends decided to create a short film based on the story. We are still currently in the scripting phase but its gonna rock :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only in the 10th grade his vocabulary usage is very unique but i understood almost all of it.....i only sug. this book for advanced readers because then you wounldnt understand most of his reasons for doining some of the things he does,he uses a lot of reverse sociology
Gina Smith More than 1 year ago
I really had to read this for school
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Felix_Constantine More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, but it seems that some of your reviews are incorrect, and I felt that I should aid the story. Getting to the point, here is my review of the story:

Montroser, being the torturer of Fortunato, who is the drunken man celebrating a holiday around March, closely relating to Mardis Gras. Montroser tricks the drunken man into going into his vaults to taste some of the "amontillado"- a fine wine, which he bought from Fortunato's rivaling connoisseur of wines, Luchesi. Whilst down there, Montroser keeps reminding Fortunato of the niter, and warns him that they shouldn't be down in the vaults. Passing through a catacomb, they appeared at a section of the vaults, and they shared a glass of an extremely strong wine. Making Fortunato yet even more intoxicated, Montroser and Fortunato went on. They reached the end and Fortunato tells him to go look around, that he will get the amontillado, which never existed in the first place. He then binds Fortunato into chains on the wall of the vaults, and walks away, beginning to brick up the small passage where Fortunato is chained to the wall. Hearing the man's screams for a long while, and then it suddenly going quiet had startled Montroser, yet he kept going. Montroser was three-quarters of the way done when Fortunato became quiet, and no sounds could be heard. Figuring the man had passed, he found himself coming close to being done, and then Fortunato laughs hysterically, and Montroser puts the last brick in, leaving Fortunato to die. While he walking away, Montroser felt a pang of remorse for leaving Fortunato to die, and carried on walking.

You later find the narrator's name (Montroser), and that it is he who did this, and has finally revealed it after five decades of it being unknown and hidden.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is all about revenge. That is what it's interesting about this book. Not only that, this book is written by one of the best in literature, EDGAR ALLAN POE. I recommend this book to people that wants revenge for anyone. This book has a connection with my life.I think it has connections with everybody, for everyone, i believe, have wished revenge to other peoples.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fascinating in its theme and masterful in its tightly woven symbolism and contrast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cast of A... was outstanding book and i highly recomend it. The psycology used by the one charachter is outstanding. What makes this novel quite scary is that it could actually Happen....
Guest More than 1 year ago
its one of the best demented stories ever!!its truely a must reader. Raven yes that is really my name!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a dark tale!!!When we read this,I thuoght,'WOW'!What a way to get revenge!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the cask of amontillado is one of my favorites from edgar allan poe.he was my favorite arthor back in the 1800.s[i wasnt born then but hes my favorite in history.]