The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

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Two of the most chilling voices ever recorded—Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone—capture every nuance of the suspense and horror that Poe so masterfully wove into his work. This audio reissue of Edgar Allan Poe stories contains such classics as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontilado," "The Masque of Death," "The Fall of the House of Usher, " "The Black Cat," "The Pit and the Pendulum"—and more!
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Overview

Two of the most chilling voices ever recorded—Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone—capture every nuance of the suspense and horror that Poe so masterfully wove into his work. This audio reissue of Edgar Allan Poe stories contains such classics as "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontilado," "The Masque of Death," "The Fall of the House of Usher, " "The Black Cat," "The Pit and the Pendulum"—and more!
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Talk about a match made in heaven! It would be hard to imagine more fitting narrators for Poe's classic horror tales than Price and Rathbone, two superb, classically trained actors who became household names starring in movies of suspense and mystery. Poe's work is especially well-suited to audio, and these remastered, archival Caedmon recordings, originally released on phonograph records, showcase the two actors at their finest. Both Price and Rathbone perfectly convey the prototypical Poe narrator trying to come to grips with the horror he has experienced. In "Berenice," Price's voice sounds refined yet deeply troubled as he struggles to explain the insidious, neurotic obsession taking over his life. "The Cask of Amontillado" finds Rathbone chuckling with evil pleasure at the well-planned murder of one who has slighted him. Among the remaining featured tales are "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," "The Black Cat" and "The Pit and the Pendulum." This audio is an absolute must for Poe fans, and high school and college students assigned Poe stories for English class will find the literature takes on new meaning with this recording. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Poe, said to be the creator of the American Gothic tale and detective fiction, is well represented in this collection of 20 poems and short stories that was originally produced in 1954. The pieces illustrate several themes for which Poe was well known. For example, he felt that the death of a beautiful woman was the most poetical topic in the world. "The Raven," which made him famous, shows the incantatory or hypnotic quality of his rhythm, especially with Basil Rathbone's reading. Other horror tales included are "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Black Cat," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." The people in his novels often die and then mysteriously return to life, usually after they have been entombed. In "The Imp of the Perverse," Poe expounds on his theory of humanity that we often do something simply because we should not. The literary world is grateful for his unique vision. Vincent Price and Rathbone, well-known actors, both perform excellently. Any serious collection of horror or detective fiction would not be complete without Poe's works. Highly recommended. Marjorie Lemon, SRCF-Mercer, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694524198
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs
  • Pages: 6
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 5.81 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) reigned unrivaled in his mastery of mystery. Born in Boston, he was orphaned at age three, expelled from West Point for gambling and became an alcoholic. In 1836 he secretly wed his thirteen-year-old cousin. The Raven, published in 1845, made Poe famous. He died in 1849 under what remain suspicious circumstances.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    I listen to this on my ipod regularly!

    This is probably the greatest thing you can ever get as a Poe fan! Basil Rathbone is riveting! He really get's Poe. Vincent Price is very fun to listen to also, so this is a win win!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2006

    Treasure.

    The solid performances of Basil Rathbone are particularly well suited to The Fall Of The House Of Usher and also provide some unexpected interpretations, as in The Bells. The ability of Vincent Price to carefully weave a rich complexity, enriched even with the humor that is latent within the grotesque, without a breach of character or the gravity of the human condition is astonishing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    A Great Collection

    This is a very good collection of the works of the master of suspense Edgar Allan Poe. Vincent Prince also did a fantastic job helping out with this book.

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