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Resurrecting ghosts from childhood

By Chris Bohjalian
October 30, 2011

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It’s a paperback that cost 45 cents when it was brand new. It’s a little more squat and a little more wide than a traditional mass market edition, and has a red moon and a black bird on the cover. I wrote my name atop the first page with a blue Magic Marker, the ink bleeding through the thin sheet onto page three. The paperback is Washington Square Press’s “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.’’ The bird, of course, is a raven.

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