Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum (1982, Troll Associates)

by on Mar.22, 2011, under Syndicated from the Web

Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story The Pit and the Pendulum seems an unlikely candidate for adaptation as a picture book for children.

After all, it lacks the psychological or supernatural elements of some of Poe’s other popular works, and is little more than a first-person account of imprisonment and torture, as told by an anonymous narrator, who is serving punishment for crimes that are never revealed, as decreed by a panel of judges whose identity and authority is never explained.

This 32 page book, with wonderfully grim illustrations by Monroe Eisenberg (and with Poe’s text adapted by David E. Cutts), serves as a you-are-there miserable experience for young people. Check it out!

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