The Raven and The Masque of the Red Death (Annotated)

The Raven and The Masque of the Red Death (Annotated)

by Edgar Allan Poe

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Overview

"The Raven" is a narrative piece of poetry by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word "Nevermore". The poem makes use of a number of folk and classical references.

"The Masque of the Red Death", first published as "The Mask of the Red Death: A Fantasy" (1842), is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. Prospero dies after confronting this stranger, whose "costume" proves to have nothing tangible inside it; the guests also die in turn.

This edition has been formatted for your NOOK, with an active table of contents. It has also been annotated, with extensive additional information about the works and its author, including an overview, plot, analysis, publication history, composition, biographical and bibliographical information.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151504638
Publisher: Bronson Tweed Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the first American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to attempt to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

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