I've been threatening the introduction of Edgar Allan Poe for a long time. It started when Boo was 5 and I read her The Raven, sort of a preview to the great dark works which ahead. Not only is my love of real literature and her clear reaction (and preference) to masterful stories, poetry, and such, it is my own discovery of Poe at an early age which draws me to him.
When I was in the 9th grade taking Latin in the Advanced Placement English classroom I got my hands on a reading list of 100 course approved books one of the English students had left behind. On my own I read through the entire list minus 3: Little Women and Wuthering Heights both I stopped reading, both books I hated and still dislike, the third Grapes of Wrath which I choked down skipping whole paragraphs at a time (hard to call what happened reading) vowing to never read Steinbeck again! Of course Cannery Row changed that option rather quickly. The whole point being I remember the Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven as read to me by my mother. From Great Books at school, an extra circular reading group, I remember To Build a Fire by Jack London and The Veldt by Ray Bradbury. I remember stumbling upon Animal Farm in the school library.
I think I have said this before but 9 yrs old is a very good age.
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