5,0 su 5 stelleA great informational text filled with Poe's incredible works!
DaT. Marieil 22 marzo 2015 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
An incredible text-like book. Tons of information about Poe's life and the people in his life and his inspirations. Many contributors. A very thick and heavy book. Not a book tho throw in your purse! But this is what I was looking for.
DaDonald Wrightil 11 dicembre 2012 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
There's a sense in which I agree more or less with all of the preceding reviews, despite their wide divergence. Poe himself--one of the most erudite and gifted of all writers--needs no further critique or literary assessment. But a few additional observations about this publication are warranted.
The volume is in need of a cover-to-cover editorial overhaul! Scarcely a page can be found that doesn't have at least one inexcusable and egregious spelling error, e.g., 'beeame' [sic] instead of 'became' (Morella), 'pourtray' [sic] instead of 'portray' (The Oval Portrait), 'Dragon' instead of 'Dagon' (A Tale of Jerusalem). (Admittedly the latter misspelling of a pagan god could not have been detected by any available software--but shouldn't the editor have caught and prevented it?) Was the volume proofread at all?
The footnotes are immensely valuable, shedding light on almost all of Poe's learned references to works of antiquity, classical and obscure authors and artists, and the various and sundry arcana of which he was master. But there again, oddities leave one scratching one's head. Why Is Almost Every Footnote Printed with Initial Caps (as in This Sentence)? Why do footnotes also contain so many misprints, e.g., 'Bells Were Rang [sic] to Alert the Audience ...' (The Rats of Park Theatre)? Why does the numbering scheme sometimes go awry, e.g., 9, 10, 11, 13 [sic], 12, 13 [again!], 14 (A Tale of Jerusalem)? These are minor complaints, but they testify to a want of editorial attention.
And one additional minor annoyance: in a volume of over 800 pages, it would have been helpful had the gutters been a bit wider to enable the book to lie flat and thus allow more comfortable reading.
I would probably have awarded the book only 3 stars but for its very helpful footnotes and annotations.
DaElvin Ortizil 23 gennaio 2011 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This is the most comprehensive book I've seen on Edgar Allan Poe. It is comfortable to read because it has the proper annotations and an introduction, which makes its texts accessible. I remember that as a child, the use of Greek and Latin in these texts, scared me off from Poe. There are only a couple of things that slightly bothered me about this text: first, I like literary texts to be presented in chronological order because chronology in anthologies communicates something about the author and the society that contextualizes the text; the other thing was that I expected better illustrations for the text. When I saw "Illustrated" I was expecting something similar to what you see in illustrated texts: a lot of drawings and pictures that may visualize the story. Nevertheless, I can't consider this last flaw troublesome because Poe was so detailed that one doesn't need that many pictures (although I confess that in the case of The Raven the illustrations were very helpful to grasp the mood) to be able to visualize the "Murder in the Rue Morgue" or the facts in the "Mystery of Marie Roget." The chronology, however, I consider necessary in any scholarly work on literature. Yet, this text is worth the price.
I also like the fact that the editor clarifies several myths about Edgar Allan Poe, myths that I have always heard about him since a child. This is a great book about Poe and his oeuvre.
4,0 su 5 stelleLike a fine vintage wine(AMONTILLADO perhaps
DaDEBRA D. JEAKINSil 2 aprile 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
EDGAR ALLAN POE: ANNOTATED & ILLUSTRATED ENTIRE STORIES AND POEMS BY ANDREW BARGER. Poe has always fascinated me for some very strange reason, and now Mr. Barger has taken the entire collection of Poe's works, illustrated them & put them in a book 800 pages plus long. Like a fine vintage wine(AMONTILLADO perhaps?), Poe is meant to be read slowly and carefully.
There are plenty of books on Poe's work but this one not only has illustrations but footnotes at the bottom of the pages helping the readers interpret some of the words and phrases of Poe's time.
Before the author signed this book he asks "Do you know Poe?" My answer is "Yes, more so now seeing that I have read the book . If you are in the market for one of the most complete books on such a very underrated person of his time (Poe died poor) then this collection is the one to pick up.
I recieved this book free from goodreads in exchange for a review.
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