Steampunk: Poe

Steampunk: Poe

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by Edgar Allan Poe, Manuel Sumberac
     
 

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If you combined clockwork gears, parasols, and air balloons with Edgar Allan Poe, what would you get? Steampunk: Poe! This is the first collection ever of Poe stories illustrated with the influence of steampunk. Running Press Teens has selected some of the most popular, thrilling, and memorable stories and poems by the classic 19th century American writer whose

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If you combined clockwork gears, parasols, and air balloons with Edgar Allan Poe, what would you get? Steampunk: Poe! This is the first collection ever of Poe stories illustrated with the influence of steampunk. Running Press Teens has selected some of the most popular, thrilling, and memorable stories and poems by the classic 19th century American writer whose literary talent continues to open the mind to countless interpretations.

Every Poe story and poems is fully illustrated with steampunk-inspired art—from 1920s aviation gear to elaborate musical instruments—creating a fresh perspective on his work containing bizarre characters of madmen and mystery. Just in time for Halloween, Steampunk: Poe is the perfect classic horror choice with a haunting steampunk twist!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—In this collection, Poe's words remain the same, but the vision is new. From hot-air balloons to top hats to intricate decor and architecture, these stories and poems are enhanced by steampunk illustrations. These images, replete with clockwork trimmings, bring to the classic tales a new dimension of a history that never was. The mask that Death wears in the short story "The Masque of the Red Death" and the poem "The City in the Sea" is a gas mask. The old man's pale blue eye that drives the narrator to murder in "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a mechanized contraption that adds an especially eerie dimension to the murder victim himself. And the spectacles refused by the vain narrator of the comedic "The Spectacles" become the iconic steampunk goggles. The splash of riotous red in the otherwise gloomy illustrations for "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" brings a joyful sense of mayhem to the story of the insane asylum run amok. Perhaps even the most reluctant of students might be persuaded to give these wonderfully illustrated tales a try. Poe would be pleased. Fun!—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762443871
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
661,110
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Zdenko Basic is the illustrator of many books for children including Seven Sorcerers, The Dream Dealer, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He is the director of the critically acclaimed short film Guliver, and works as a costume and set designer for the Merlin Theater. He was the recipient of the 2008 Grigor Vitez award for Best Illustration in Children’s Books and also the 2009 Croation Association of Artists of Applied Arts award for Best Young Artist.

Manuel Sumberac has often worked in conjunction with Zdenko Basic to create works of art, including the short film Guliver. He has co-illustrated a number of children’s cover illustrations for books including 13 Curses and Hidden Kingdom. He recently served as the sole director and producer of the short film Escargot. He attends school in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Steampunk Poe 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing steampunk artwork paired an excellent selection of Poe writings. All of my favorite stories and poems have been included in this beautiful edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful. All of Poe's brilliance, and the delicacy of steampunk packaged into one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It loks fantastic, but I want to learn more about it before I make a purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though the artwork was the big draw for me, I'm not sure how the tall Cat-in-the-Hat-type chapeau fits in with Poe and/or steampunk. And &quot;The Spectacles&quot; and &quot;The Balloon Hoax&quot; seem to have been selected merely for their steampunk possibilities, as I consider them poor Poe. I was also disappointed in the illustrations for &quot;The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether&quot; because four of the five were virtually identical (people seated around a dining table; surely two would have been sufficient). And I was surprised at &quot;Murders in the Rue Morgue,&quot; which In hadn't re-read in years, and seemed deserving of Holmes' derisive comments in &quot;A Study in Scarlet.&quot; I'd have preferred &quot;The Purloined Letter,&quot; particularly as &quot;Murders&quot; didn't particularly lend itself to steampunk imagery. But I was pleased with the prose and illustrations for &quot;The Tell-Tale Heart,&quot; &quot;The Fall of the House of Usher&quot; and all the poems. The book also looks and feels good; it has a nice heft and size. So while I found it a mixed bag, I'm glad I bought it, and am looking forward to future &quot;Steampunk&quot; books from Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was amazing, please read. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago