The Raven's Tale (Hardcover)

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About the Author


Cat Winters is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels Odd & True, The Steep and Thorny Way, The Cure for Dreaming, and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which collected three starred reviews and was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for debut YA fiction. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Praise For…


“Brooding, macabre, romantic, and surprisingly whimsical . . . A must-read for Poe fans, and Poe newcomers alike.”

— Kendare Blake, #1 NYT Bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

"A darkly delicious tale that’s sure to haunt readers forevermore."

— Kerri Maniscalco, #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

“A captivating and intensively researched tribute to the famous poet and his gothic muse.” 

— A. G. Howard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stain and the Splintered series

“Winters’s smart, silvery, slithering prose finds beauty in the grotesque—and what is art if not that?”

— Daniel Kraus, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Shape of Water

“Spellbinding, imaginative, whimsical, and unforgettable. A rattling good tale that is worthy of the master poet himself.”

— Dwight L. MacPherson, author of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe

"Several of Poe's most well-known works enhance the narrative, complemented by the author's own finely crafted writing that flows with gorgeous, Poe-inspired phrases . . . A labor of literary love that will appeal to fans of Gothic horror and anyone who has ever had to assuage a determined muse."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Winters effectively infuses Poe’s macabre aesthetic into her fictional retelling of his life. Fans of classic literature will delight in the many references to mythology and other poets; fans of Poe himself are bound to enjoy passages written in a similar voice to “The Raven,” as well as the many allusions to his early works."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Well-researched and darkly entertaining."

— Publishers Weekly

"Eerie, macabre, and appropriately esoteric, Winters' (Odd and True, 2017) story of a mysterious soul will speak to literary teens"

— Booklist

"Winters strategically creates a physical being, Lenore the Muse, as a metaphor for passion or dreams, a theme that rings true as Poe tries to ignore and escape his gothic poetry . . . teen fans of Poe’s poetry will learn about his life and the included verses will create new fans."

— School Library Journal


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781419733628
ISBN-10: 1419733621
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Pages: 368