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review 2020-02-02 13:28
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe

This was my first time reading Edgar Allan Poe, I know it is a shame. I'd been planning to read some of his works for a while though, ever after I read Ray Bradbury's story Usher II in the collection The Illustrated Man. Luckily, this short collection contained two of the stories that were very important in Usher II.

This is dark fiction as dark fiction is supposed to be. In The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator is desperately trying to prove how he is completely sane, which will only result of course in proving his insanity. Really nice stories, I want to read more.

~Little Black Classics #31~

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review 2020-01-26 23:20
CLASSIC LOVE POEMS
FREE: Classic Love Poems - Edgar Allan Poe,William Shakespeare,Elizabeth Barrett Browning,Richard Armitage

Classic love poems you read in high school from Barrett-Browning, Browning, Poe, Emerson, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and others beautifully read by Richard Armitage.  I enjoyed hearing the poems read aloud.  I remembered them all from school.

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review 2019-10-29 13:35
Man of the Crowd
Man of the Crowd - Ralph Cosham,Edgar Allan Poe

About The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Man of the Crowd" is a story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe about a nameless narrator following a man through a crowded London. Plot Summary: The story is introduced with the epigraph "Ce grand malheur, de ne pouvoir être seul" — a quote taken from The Characters of Man by Jean de La Bruyère. It translates to This great misfortune, of not being able to be alone. This same quote is used in Poe's earliest tale, "Metzengerstein". After an unnamed illness, the unnamed narrator sits in an unnamed coffee shop in London. Fascinated by the crowd outside the window, he considers how isolated people think they are, despite "the very denseness of the company around". He takes time to categorize the different types of people he sees. As evening falls, the narrator focuses on "a decrepit old man, some sixty-five or seventy years of age", whose face has a peculiar idiosyncrasy, and whose body "was short in stature, very thin, and apparently very feeble" wearing filthy, ragged clothes of a "beautiful texture". The narrator dashes out of the coffee shop to follow the man from afar. The man leads the narrator through bazaars and shops, buying nothing, and into a poorer part of the city, then back into "the heart of the mighty London". This chase lasts through the evening and into the next day. Finally, exhausted, the narrator stands in front of the man, who still does not notice him. The narrator concludes the man is "the type and genius of deep crime" due to his inscrutability and inability to leave the crowds of London.

 

My take: I haven't read a lot of Poe but this seems like his classic work. He is very descriptive and I found myself really visualizing the scene that he was laying out and the people the narrator was coming in contact with. I kept expecting something to happen but it really never did. I like the last two or three lines "The old man," I said at
length, "is the type and the genius of deep crime. He refuses to be alone.
He is the man of the crowd. It will be in vain to follow, for I shall learn
no more of him, nor of his deeds."

 

Using for Darkest London! Getting close to a blackout but not quite sure I will make it! 

 

 

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text 2019-10-24 19:13
Blackout!
The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales - Edgar Allan Poe,Matthew Pearl

I needed something for classic horror, and decided to, finally, read The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe. I think I've considered this short story every single year since Halloween Bingo began, and just never got around to it.

 

It's a piece of classic horror/mystery. It's a locked room mystery. Dupin is a harbinger of Sherlock Holmes, with his ratiocination abilities and his intensity. The narrator is Watsonesque.

 

I think that the story itself is only around 50 pages long. I must have picked up some atmospheric knowledge about the solution, because I knew what was happening as the story went along. I really enjoyed it - and will no doubt read the remaining stories featuring Dupin, The Mystery of the Marie Roget & The Purloined Letter, in some future game of Halloween bingo!

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text 2019-10-21 22:50
2019 Halloween Bingo
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving,Tom Mison
The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales (Penguin English Library) - Edgar Allan Poe

I read/listened to these two over the weekend.

 

The Murders in the Rue Morgue was read for Locked Room Mystery. And Tom Mison's narration of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was a very enjoyable way to cross off the Sleepy Hollow square.

 

Now I just need to check if these have got me another bingo.

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