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Publisher's Summary

They are icons of the literary world whose soaring works have been discussed and analyzed in countless classrooms, homes, and pubs. Yet for most listeners, the living, breathing human beings behind the classics have remained unknown - until now. In this utterly captivating audiobook, Dr. Elliot Engel, a leading authority on the lives of great authors, illuminates the fascinating and flawed members of literature's elite. In lieu of stuffy biographical sketches, Engel provides fascinating anecdotes.

You'll never look at these literary giants the same way again.

©2002 Elliot Engel (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.

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Stimulating...

A stimulating presentation of curious info about authors I love. I learned a lot of interesting stuff that I had not heard before, even though I am an English teacher with 30 years experience. Engel talks quickly but clearly and with enthusiasm and love for his topics. I have heard him in person five times, and this audio presentation equals his live performances.

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Entertaining but not all the facts are straight

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It was fun to learn about these authors, but I noticed that some of the facts regarding Poe's life were wrong. Otherwise a great listen.

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Combinación perfecta

Me gustó mucho este formato. El conocer un poco más de la vida de los autores junto con fragmentos de sus obras es realmente fascinante, combinando mis dos géneros favoritos biografías y literario. Perfecta combinación para incentivarte a leer otras obras

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Wonderful Story Telling

The writer of this book on great writers, himself, is a great writer. I enjoyed every word in this book.

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Did not realize this would be more biographies than writings. Well done on all counts

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A great selection of all of their works!

This collection not only contains the most famous work from each author, but a lot of pieces that are not usually featured. It makes for a great sampling from an author you may already be passingly familiar with.

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Fascinating look into these poets

I am absolutely fascinated by the history behind these poets - this book allowed me a level of understanding that I have not received from any other source. Well done. Lengthy at times but well worth it.

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Unbelievably amazing

This is an unbelievably amazing collection of the personal stories of Wilde, Poe & Frost. It's astounding how their individual tales influences their writings.

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Great introduction to some of the best.

I am in love with Wilde,
heavily pity Poe,
and frankly, couldn't really care for frost.
If you've always wondered why those three names are familiar, this is a great book to become a little more acquainted with these three gentlemen .

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BACKGROUND MUSIC ? REALLY ?

I enjoyed the biography sections, but the poem and story readings not really. Some of them were read so boringly, I almost fall asleep. The RAVEN was excellently performed though.
And the pointless, distracting background music ?
I just cannot comprehend why anybody thinks that we need noise behind the words of poems or novels or any kind of audio book.
By the way, I strongly disagree with the author's opinion of Oscar Wilde being ugly. I find him very, very handsome. Beside, Edgar Allan Poe's face looks deformed which begs the question if his mother was really that beautiful as the author let us to believe.