The Raven and the Monkey's Paw : Classics of Horror and Suspense from the Modern Library

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The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick, thrilling dip . . . under the covers with a flashlight. The writing itself sends as many awe-inspired shivers down the spine as do the ghosts and goblins on these pages.
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The Raven and the Monkey's Paw: Classics of Horror and Suspense from the Modern Library

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Overview

The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick, thrilling dip . . . under the covers with a flashlight. The writing itself sends as many awe-inspired shivers down the spine as do the ghosts and goblins on these pages.
        Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the horror story and the chiming lyric poem, opens the volume with his best-loved stories: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Black Cat," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Premature Burial," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Berenice," and "Ligeia." Every bit as chilling now as on the day they were written, these tales retain their power to stir the reader again and again. Poe, who was as well known for his poems as for his stories, is also represented by such verse standards as "The Raven," "Lenore," "To Helen," "Ulalume," and "Annabel Lee," among others.
        Numerous other practitioners of the supernatural story are included: Edith Wharton, with her gripping "Afterward"; Charles Dickens and his famed ghost story "The Signalman"; W. W. Jacobs, with this com-
pilation's inspiration, "The Monkey's Paw." Also here are Saki's engrossing "Sredni Vashtar"; O. Henry's story of love lost and hopes dashed, "The Furnished Room"; Wilkie Collins's lively "A Terribly Strange Bed"; and "The Boarded Window," Ambrose Bierce's tale of the bizarre.
        A year-round collection for reading aloud--and frightening your friends--The Raven and the Monkey's Paw will gratify all manner of thrill-seekers.
The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375752162
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Modern Library Series
  • Edition description: 1998 MODER
  • Edition number: 1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,438,746
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader
The Murders in the Rue Morgue 3
The Black Cat 33
The Fall of the House of Usher 42
The Pit and the Pendulum 59
The Premature Burial 72
The Tell-Tale Heart 85
Berenice 90
Ligeia 98
The Raven 115
Lenore 119
To Helen 120
Ulalume 122
Annabel Lee 125
The Haunted Palace 127
The Conqueror Worm 129
Spirits of the Dead 131
Afterward 135
Sredni Vashtar 162
The Signalman 167
The Furnished Room 179
A Terribly Strange Bed 185
The Boarded Window 196
The Monkey's Paw 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Always highly recommended

    I have already read many of these stories and poems before, but each time i feel myself becoming instantly re-intriguid ! The are classics, beautifully writen in ways we do not usually see in this era. If you havent had the pleasure of reading any of these stories or poems before i highly recommend that you do!

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    Posted November 14, 2012

    Book

    This book goes boc boc be coc

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