The Pit and the Pendulum: And Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum: And Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

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by Edgar Allan Poe, James Prunier
     
 

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Edgar Allan Poe's tales of terror, murder, and mystery are among the most celebrated in American literature. This carefully-chosen collection includes "The Gold Bug," "The Oval Portrait," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Cask of Amontillado," "Some Words With a Mummy," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."

With striking illustrations and

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Edgar Allan Poe's tales of terror, murder, and mystery are among the most celebrated in American literature. This carefully-chosen collection includes "The Gold Bug," "The Oval Portrait," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Cask of Amontillado," "Some Words With a Mummy," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."

With striking illustrations and extended captions unique to the Whole Story, this collection provides background information for each story that modern readers could otherwise access only through a broad range of supplemental research--from details of the Spanish Inquisition in "The Pit and the Pendulum" to the Parisian detective milieu of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." This distinctive approach places each of Poe's stories--all published in the mid-nineteenth century--within the context of their era, bringing them vividly to life

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This series entry presents Poe's unabridged text accompanied by annotated color and black-and-white illustrations and reproductions of various aspects of life during the stories' time periods. The selections include "The Gold-Bug," "The Oval Portrait," "The Cask of Amontillado," "Some Words with a Mummy," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." In some instances, as when there is a historical connection, the annotations are particularly enlightening, e.g., the information about the Inquisition and its relationship to "The Pit and the Pendulum." To maintain continuity, readers may prefer to read through the stories first and then return to the sidebars or vice versa. Libraries that own anthologies of Poe tales will not be denying readers the most important material-the stories themselves-if they pass on this one.-Joanne K. Cecere, Highland High School, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670887064
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Series:
Whole Story Series
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Pit and the Pendulum 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was honestly not a very good story.i felt the comics took away from the emotion and detail of the story.
AnnieK54 More than 1 year ago
Despite the high quality of the writing itself, its content was quite dark. It was a frightening story, leaving the reader imagining what it would be like to be in that position. Its lifelike descriptions left one shuddering at the grossness of the story. Creepily, it showed the reader some more detail about the Inquisition. With this in mind, I would say that "The Pit and the Pendulum" was worth reading because of its superb writing, but need not be read often due to its cruel and unusual subject matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended and read it with great imagination to get the full affect. I am a fan of Silent Hill format horror and having that style of imagery will enhance this story. In my opinion I felt bad for the prisoner and yet not realizing the horrors he commited made me wander if he was a murderer who deserve such torment. I can't wait to read more Edgar Allan Poe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS SPINE-CHILLING STORY IS THE MOST SCARY BOOK I'V EVER READ AND ITS VERY CREATIVE BUT I WAS MOST FRIEGHTENED BY THIS BOOK. THE COVER THROWS YOU OFF THOUGH IT DOESNT LOOK AS SCARY BUT ONCE YOU READ YOU LEARN THAT YOU CANT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. AND EDGAR ALLEN POE IS AN OUTSTANDING AUTHOR.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really a good read. The only real gripe I have about it is the legnth. It's ONLY 15 PAGES!!! I need a longer version of this story. By CHRIS21
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Edgar Allan Poe has so many great books, and was definantly a gifted author. This book, though, was my favorite of them all. In enjoyed how the man wondered his cell, calculating each footstep, so as to find out what he was being held prisoner in. I also enjoyed the way the Pendulum was mysterious to both the character and the reader, at first. After he realized what it was he was frightened, and then it almost hypnotized him. This book has some great suspense, as well as amazing despcriptive naration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not like it. Cudnt follow
ashley holland More than 1 year ago
If you' ve never read this story, don' t get this before the standard edition. Beside s being very difficult to read via Nook, I feel the "comic book" images take away from the powerful expierience this story offers first time readers. The narrative style delivers, very potently, all that is needed to be seen, heard and felt, easily making this story one of the most immersive tales ever written. The art work in this version is indeed worthy of Poe's vision, but I assure you, the chilling images these words are sure to paint in your mind will linger much longer !
Capt-Nemo More than 1 year ago
Couldn't really read this on my Nook, but just looking at the models by Ray Harryhausen makes it a must for his fans.