Synopses & Reviews
Visions in Poetry is an exciting and unique series of classic poems illustrated by outstanding contemporary artists in stunning hardcover editions. The fifth book in the series, Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, delves into the hidden horrors of the human psyche. Originally published in 1845, the poem is narrated by a melancholy scholar brooding over Lenore, a woman he loved who is now lost to him. One bleak December at midnight, a raven with fiery eyes visits the scholar and perches above his chamber door. Struggling to understand the meaning of the word his winged visitant repeats -- Nevermore -- the narrator descends by stages into madness. Illustrator Ryan Price's exquisitely grim illustrations suggest a background story shaped by the narrator's guilt, embodied in the terrifying figure of the raven. Price's drypoint technique, with its rich blacks and feathery lines, perfectly captures the nightmarish atmosphere of this unforgettable poem.
"The brief endnote about the poet and the poem is useful, and the book's binding...is exceptionally pleasing and well suited to the contents." Children's Literature
"Price's vision of The Raven not only haunts, but also brings Poe's work back to life." School Library Journal
"Using drypoint, Price, a fine artist and printmaker blends contemporary details with images of the lost, radiant maiden and a terrifying black-beaked monster." Booklist
One of the most original American writers, Edgar Allan Poe shaped the development of both the horror story and science fiction genres and has widespread, timeless appeal. Some of his poems remain among the most popular in American literature, and Poe's tales of the macabre still thrill readers of all ages. Here, in a small-format illustrated collection, are 16 poems and tales by Edgar Allan Poe. All are matched with newly commissioned illustrations by Ryan Price that eerily complement Poe's dark oeuvre.
The fifth book in the Visions in Poetry series delves into the chilling world of Edgar Allan Poe with Ryan Price's exquisitely grim illustrations.