The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories

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Stories of lost love, lost ways…and lost minds! Gris Grimly’s mysterious, morbid, macabre illustrations capture four Poe classics with an unmatchable ghoulish charm. A companion to Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness, this second installment of illustrated Poe includes the perennial favorite The Tell-Tale Heart as well as The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, The Oblong Box, and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar . Brought to life with an abundance of full-color art, these slightly trimmed ...

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Overview

Stories of lost love, lost ways…and lost minds! Gris Grimly’s mysterious, morbid, macabre illustrations capture four Poe classics with an unmatchable ghoulish charm. A companion to Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness, this second installment of illustrated Poe includes the perennial favorite The Tell-Tale Heart as well as The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, The Oblong Box, and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar . Brought to life with an abundance of full-color art, these slightly trimmed stories have never looked better—or more frightening! Tighten your straitjackets….

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Dark humor reverberates throughout this wickedly astute tribute to Poe, presenting Grimly's visual interpretation of four abridged stories, including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether," "The Oblong Box," and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar." In the first selection, the straight-jacketed narrator explains his bizarre actions, emphasizing why he felt compelled to kill the old man with whom he roomed. The naive storyteller in the second tale describes his visit to a French insane asylum, Maison de Sante, and absurd encounters with physicians and patients. A traveler ponders in the third story what artist Cornelius Wyatt transports in a mysterious oblong box when the men sail on a ship heading to New York from South Carolina. A mesmerist in the concluding tale chronicles his experiment delaying the death of his terminally ill friend. Grimly's imagery graphically enlivens Poe's words, spilling and splashing motifs of creatures, bones, and body parts across pages like the frequent spattering of blood and carnage in Poe's stories. Illustrations pull readers into scenes as narrators guide them into terror, divulging truths and revealing secrets which are foundations for horrifying twists. Innovative artwork provides new perspectives for readers familiar with these works. Pair with Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness (2004), also illustrated by Grimly. Consult Dawn B. Sova's Edgar Allan Poe A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Work (2001) for analysis of these stories. Compare these versions with original texts in The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (2006). Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416950264
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,524,989
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American writer, poet, and critic. Best known for his macabre prose work, including the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” his writing has influenced literature in the United States and around the world.

Mr. Gris Grimly is as mysterious as Poe himself. What is known is that his own particular brand of creative brilliance was first seen in many books, including Monster Museum, The Cockatrice Boys, Pinocchio, Creature Carnival, Boris and Bella, and Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes. Then he found himself under the spell of Edgar Allan Poe, and, for years and years, was compelled to give a visual representation of Mr. Poe's ghoulish genius. This book is the result of his mania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Great book

    The book I chose was the Tell Tale Heart; it is a creepy mind boggling story that makes you think and wonder why. The characters are the narrator and he is the helper of the old man. There is one thing that the narrator hates about the old man and it is his eye.

    The book I chose was the Tell Tale Heart; it is a creepy mind boggling story that makes you think and wonder why. The characters are the narrator and he is the helper of the old man. There is one thing that the narrator hates about the old man and it is his eye.

    I suggest that you should read the book because it teaches you a little about how sometimes people are in life. I would advise you to read the book slow so you can get all of the main point¿s f the novel because some parts don¿t make any since.

    It is a great novel that I think many people will like especially if you like horror and mystery books. If you like dramatic stories that are suspenseful you will really like this book. Mainly it is about an old man and his caretaker, the caretaker loves him dearly and hates him at the same time and that is what makes the book so weird

    Overall this book was a good book to me. I would recommend this book for grades 6-8 and adults. To me this was a 5 star book, and I like this type of writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    I didn't like this book. It gave my friends AIDS. It also gave

    I didn't like this book. It gave my friends AIDS. It also gave my dog anger issues. Thank you for that. I always wanted a friend with AIDS.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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