The Raven

The Raven

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by Edgar Allan Poe, Ryan Price
     
 

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Edgar Allen Poe was central to the American romantic movement in literature, as both a poet and a writer of fiction. He was one of the inventors of the horror story and of the mystery story. "The Raven," written in 1845, was his most successful poem. His father abandoned his family at the time of his birth, and his mother died when he was one year old: his

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Edgar Allen Poe was central to the American romantic movement in literature, as both a poet and a writer of fiction. He was one of the inventors of the horror story and of the mystery story. "The Raven," written in 1845, was his most successful poem. His father abandoned his family at the time of his birth, and his mother died when he was one year old: his difficult childhood and the financial difficulties that came from supporting himself purely by writing undoubtedly contributed to the overwrought emotional tone of his writing. He died in 1849, at the age of 40, after he was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in a delirium, wearing clothing that was not his own and talking incoherently. The cause of his death is not known.

Gustave Doré was an artist, sculptor, and one of the greatest book illustrators of the nineteenth century, famous for his illustrations of Don Quixote, the Bible, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Paradise Lost, Idylls of the King, the Divine Comedy, and other books. A New York Published paid him 30,000 Francs for his illustrations for "The Raven," which was published in 1884. France made him a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in 1861. He died at the age of 51 in 1883.

Poe's writing and Doré's illustrations make this work one of the most beautiful books of the nineteenth century. This edition reproduces the cover and title page of the first American edition, as well as reproducing all of Doré's illustrations.

Unlike other editions, this edition includes the entire text of the poem on the pages facing the appropriate illustrations, so you can read Poe's poem while enjoying Doré's art.

NOTE: The reviews of this book on amazon and the links to other formats apply to all editions of "The Raven," not to this edition. Amazon will not unlink this edition's page from other editions without written authorization from the author - which is a bit hard to get from someone who has been dead for over a century and a half.

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From the Publisher
(Price's pictures) do a great job of evoking the brooding guilt, terror, and love in Poe's famous poem ... lengthy appended notes will spark discussion on both the poem and the art.—Booklist

Price's vision of The Raven not only haunts, but also brings Poe's work back to life. An ideal resource for teachers and students.—School Library Journal

Price's illustrations make the viewer pause and consider the cracks in the narrator's mind, and they provide glimpses into the strange, violent story behind his torment.—Toronto Star

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554534593
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2014
Series:
Visions in Poetry Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,303,992
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.

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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The Raven: Includes Sound! 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 282 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why are people calling this a book? It is one of the most famous of American poems. It is grim psychological study of the narrator's tortured state of mind. He has lost his wife and tries desperately to imagine that she will return from the dead. It is self-torrture because he knows in the deepest recess of his soul that she will not return (Nevermore). Many Biblical and mythical allusions that need to be researched and the overdone alliteration is a blsst to read over and over: uupon the pallid bust of Pallas. This was Poe's first commercisl success, if my literary history serves me correctly. And written in Phila.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this poem. I read it in class and it was very amuzing. It is about a man whose wife, Lenore, has died. While in his chamber (another word for bed) at night, he hears tapping at his door. This causes him to go a little crazy each time. Every time he opens his door, he sees nothing. Read the poem to find out the rest! I rate this poem 5 stars. It has an phenomanol word choice and flows very excellently. I hope this review is helpful! :~)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy scary classics this is the poem to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 8th grade class read this and it was quite suspenceful. I wanted to get it and found for free here. It also is quoted in Thriller by Michal Jackson. I really like Poe's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite poem, it is a greay attention grabber I can read this poem a million times and still not get tired o it and keep rereading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this poem! I highly recommend getting this and if you are not familiar with Edgar Allan Poe, I recommend reading his other poems and short stories as well. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this poem. The plot is fasinating, with the narrator begging a raven that keeps it's perch above his chamber door to let him forget his beloved Lenore, and just pleading the raven to leave. I especially liked that, at the last line of each stanza, was a short line, each with the same amount of syllables, that ended with the syllable "more." And you can't forget to mention, the ryming was FLAWLESS. I reccoment this to anyone in search of something slightly dismal to read, but be warned: Even I had to read tthis twice to make all the syallables come together as verses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heart this but it is scary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written story of love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boss book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much good rythme and beat
teachermsjen More than 1 year ago
I love this classic!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a really good poem,we read this in 8th grade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edgar is the greatest poet around; he writes in unbeileveable quality. Rather than a typical poet, his poems have sentitmental meaning. Thanks, Edgar, for showing us a grand poem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best poem i ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always love reading this one. Never gets old...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edgae allen is by far one of the best poets i have ever read. Only thin i dont get is the ravens name nevermore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good. I will write poetry todayzzz. XOXO La'sha ( Ladasha ) ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's free.   And one of the Classic Edgar Allen Poe poems!!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:-) loved it alot
Love_to_readDS More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Powerful, exciting, a lot of interesting Thoughts in this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best poem and author ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The raven was 16 pages long. I do not like that they put a free book as wierd as that sounds. I wonder if this is the entire raven novel. Very misleading. You could just google the raven poem and probably find it for free.