Gothic Classics (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Overview

This collection of Barnes & Noble Classics comprises the most famous group of gothic horror tales in our language:
Frankenstein Nearly two centuries have not dulled the appeal of Mary Shelley's classic tale of one man's attempt to manipulate nature.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories Robert Louis Stevenson's riveting novella of a terrifying split personality has already inspired more than 120 film ...
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Overview

This collection of Barnes & Noble Classics comprises the most famous group of gothic horror tales in our language:
Frankenstein Nearly two centuries have not dulled the appeal of Mary Shelley's classic tale of one man's attempt to manipulate nature.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories Robert Louis Stevenson's riveting novella of a terrifying split personality has already inspired more than 120 film adaptations. This collection also includes some of the author's grimmest short fiction, including "The Suicide Club," "The Body Snatcher," "Lodging for the Night," "Thrawn Janet," and "Markham".
The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe This 688-page omnibus anthology offers a generous selection of Poe's short stories, including his classics "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Purloined Letter," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Gold-Bug," and "The Black Cat." In addition, it includes lesser known tales and his most beloved poems, including "Annabel Lee," "The Raven," and "The Bells."
Dracula From the account of Jonathan Harker's arrival at Count Dracula's Transylvanian castle to Lucy's vampiric transformation, Bram Stoker's classic story of the return of the dead has served as the model for hundreds of adaptations.

The Barnes & Noble Classics series offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics series:
• New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
• Biographies of the authors
• Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
• Footnotes and endnotes
• Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
• Comments by other famous authors
• Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
• Bibliographies for further reading
• Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594163756
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 12/17/2010
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
  • Sales rank: 355,213
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 12.70 (h) x 5.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797 in London, the daughter of William Godwin--a radical philosopher and novelist, and Mary Wollstonecraft--a renowned feminist and the author of Vindication of the Rights of Woman. She eloped to France with Shelley in 1814, although they were not married until 1816, after the suicide of his first wife. She began work on Frankenstein in 1816 in Switzerland, while they were staying with Lord Byron, and it was published in 1818 to immediate acclaim. She died in London in 1851.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was orphaned at the age of three and adopted by a wealthy Virginia family with whom he had a troubled relationship. He excelled in his studies of language and literature at school, and self-published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, in 1827. In 1830, Poe embarked on a career as a writer and began contributing reviews and essays to popular periodicals. He also wrote sketches and short fiction, and in 1833 published his only completed novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Over the next five years he established himself as a master of the short story form through the publication of "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and other well-known works. In 1841, he wrote "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," generally considered the first modern detective story. The publication of The Raven and Other Poems in 1845 brought him additional fame as a poet.

Abraham "Bram" Stoker (1847–1912) was born in Ireland. He began his career as a theater critic before becoming manager of London's Lyceum Theatre. Dracula was Stoker's fourth novel; he went on to write many more, including The Lady of the Shroud and The Lair of the White Worm.

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