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Around Halloween, I like to read horror stories. Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greats–think “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”–and now he’s available in The Annotated Poe, a new collection of stories, poems, and annotations from Harvard University Press.
In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, editor Kevin J. Hayes explains how he selected the table of contents, what he has tried to accomplish with the book’s annotations, and where he ranks Poe among the best American writers. He also replies to the famous put-down from Henry James, who claimed that “enthusiasm for Poe is the mark of a decidedly primitive stage of reflection.”
And if you wanna see something really scary, come back on Friday, when fear junkie Margee Kerr joins the Bookmonger to discuss the science of scary and her new book, Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear.
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