Poe Illustrated: Three Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.36 inches | 0.52 pounds
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About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is one of the most significant and singular writers in the history of American letters. He was a poet, a pioneer of science fiction, the father of the detective story, and a master of the macabre whom Nobel-prize winner Toni Morrison identified as a key to America's conflicted literary conscience. He died mysteriously in Baltimore at the age of forty, leaving behind a body of work that has influenced writers and artists such as Stéphane Mallarmé, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Franz Kafka, Paul Klee, H. P. Lovecraft, Jorge Luis Borges, Stephen King, Tim Burton, Guillermo del Toro, and every crime writer to this day.
Founded as an imprint of ArtWrite Productions in 2010, Adapted Classics aims to introduce modern, young readers to classic literature. Using modernized language and contemporary-classic illustrations, I make great stories of old more accessible for modern youth. First of all, I want young readers to open the covers and soak in the illustrations. Then I want them to browse and sample the stories. I believe that when they do, they will pick up and read our stories to the end. Now magic happens. New readers discover the fabulous, make-believe worlds created by some of the world's greatest authors. Merriam-Webster defines 'adaptation' as 'the process of changing to fit some purpose or situation'. If so, that begs the question-for what purpose do I adapt classic stories for middle-school readers? Or what situation am I seeking to change? I want to instill a love of reading in modern youth by introducing them to classic stories that will attract their attention, then win their hearts. And if I can do that once, modern youth might discover they can experience the love of reading great literature time and time again. Reading great literature changes lives for the better, and too many people of all ages are missing out on that. I aim to change that situation reader by reader. Adapted Classics exists because of this. I believe young readers will enjoy classic stories as much as prior generations have. Our books provide young readers the perfect opportunity to dive into these timeless tales for the very first time. I hope and believe they will make it a habit.
Marc Johnson-Pencook is an illustrator, animator, and muralist. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His illustrations appear in books, periodicals, gallery shows and private collections, and his murals adorn many walls and ceilings in public places and private spaces in the Twin Cities and beyond. In addition, Marc composes and performs rock music-he currently plays drums for Ozmo Stone-a rock band based in Minneapolis. Marc can be contacted at: www.illustratormarc.com