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Edgar Allan Poe - The Pit And The Pendulum
& Other Macabre Tales

Read by David Soul
Duration 148 minutes
Released August 2010
Format Unabridged MP3 Download

 

‘Edgar Allan Poe is that most classical of American writers – a writer more peculiarly attuned to our new century's heartbeat than he ever was to his own’ – Lou Reed

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) was an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe’s full-blooded Gothic style influenced generations of writers, filmmakers and musicians, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Baudelaire to Roger Corman and Lou Reed.

The five tales collected here range from the famous to the obscure, but each displays Poe's unique sense of the macabre and his love for the baroque. A victim of the Inquisition finds himself in a nightmarish torture chamber, a castle is besieged by plague, a man becomes obsessed by the evil eye of his fellow lodger, a mesmerist suspends a man's life at the point of death and a jester takes his revenge on his cruel employers.

 

 


INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING STORIES

The Pit And The Pendulum
The Masque Of The Red Death
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar
Hop-Frog

BONUS MATERIAL
‘Sick Unto Death’, ‘Prospero's Masque’ and ‘My Last Jest’
(three incidental music suites by Howard Carter)

 


CREDITS

Recorded on 15 April 2010
Directed by Barnaby Edwards
Music and sound design by Howard Carter
Recorded at Moat Studios by Toby Hrycek-Robinson
Artwork by Simon Holub

 


 

ENGLISH STUDENTS
Edgar Allan Poe is part of the National Curriculum and is a recommended author for all three main examination boards:
English Literature GCSE, AS & A2 (AQA)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (OCR)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (EdExcel)

 


FURTHER READING
Works by Edgar Allan Poe:
Selected Tales, ed. David Van Leer (Oxford World Classics, 2008)
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings, ed. David Galloway (Penguin, 2003)
The Other Poe, ed. David Galloway (Penguin, 1983)

Studies of Edgar Allan Poe:
Nigel Barnes, Edgar Allan Poe: A Dream Within A Dream: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe(Peter Owen Publishers, 2008)
Benjamin F Fisher, The Cambridge Introduction to Edgar Allan Poe (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Kevin J Hayes (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
Harry Levin, The Power Of Blackness: Hawthorne, Poe, Melville (Random House, 1958)
Arthur Hobson Quinn, Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997)

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