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by | Read by Kerry Shale, John Chancer, William Roberts

Poetry & Drama • 7.5 hrs. • Unabridged Selections • © 2008

Released in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth, this marvelous recording has all the bells and whistles. Tasteful musical transitions set off three gifted narrators. The language is archaic, as when the hero of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" boasts that most men "wore windows in their bosoms," but enthusiastic narrations lure us into black places in the heart that seem not to have altered significantly since Poe’s time. The package ends with a brief biography. Poe's actual life was almost as frightful as his imaginative one. These are not happy stories, but it is heartening that a man fascinated with the prospect of "The Premature Burial" (1844) should still enthrall us today. B.H.C. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2009]



Trade Ed. • Naxos AudioBooks • 2008

CD ISBN 9789626349212 $34.98 • Six CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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