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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings: Poems, Tales, Essays, and Reviews

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This selection of Poe's critical writings, short fiction and poetry demonstrates an intense interest in aesthetic issues and the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind. "The Fall of the House of Usher" describes the final hours of a family tormented by tragedy and the legacy of the past. In "The Tell Tale Heart", a murderer's insane delusions threaten to betray him, while stories such as "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Cask of Amontillado" explore extreme ...

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Overview

This selection of Poe's critical writings, short fiction and poetry demonstrates an intense interest in aesthetic issues and the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind. "The Fall of the House of Usher" describes the final hours of a family tormented by tragedy and the legacy of the past. In "The Tell Tale Heart", a murderer's insane delusions threaten to betray him, while stories such as "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Cask of Amontillado" explore extreme states of decadence, fear and hate.

A visitor to a gloomy mansion finds a childhood friend dying under the spell of a family curse.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141439815
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 290,580
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Text

Poems
Stanzas
Sonnet - To Science
Al Aaraaf
Romance
To Helen
Israfel
The City and the Sea
The Sleeper
Lenore
The Valley of Unrest
The Raven
Ulalume
For Annie
A Valentine
Annabel Lee
The Bells

Tales
MS. Found in a Bottle
Ligeia
The Man that was Used Up
The Fall of the House of Usher
William Wilson
The Man of the Crowd
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
A Decent into the Maelström
Eleonora
The Oval Portrait
The Masque of the Red Death
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Gold Bug
The Black Cat
The Purloined Letter
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
The Cask of Amontillado
Hop-Frog

Essays and Reviews
Letter to B—
Georgia Scenes
The Drake-Halleck Review (excerpts)
Watkins Tottle
The Philosophy of Furniture
Wyandotté
Music
Time and Space
Twice-Told Tales
The American Drama (excerpts)
Hazlitt
The Philosophy of Composition
Song-Writing
On Imagination
The Veil of the Soul
The Poetic Principle (excerpts)

Notes

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

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    The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Short Stories was a phenomenal book. It should receive four stars because it keeps you interested, it is very well written, and you feel like you are actually there in the story. The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Short Stories is one of Edgar Allan Poe¿s books of short stories. The stories are eerie, suspenseful, bizarre, and kind of repetitive. His stories are murder mysteries, or they are about characters with unnamed diseases that go crazy. The stories usually take place in New York City during the mid to late 1800s. <BR/> If you like Sherlock Holms, are interested in Psychology, or like to read about diseases then Edgar Allan Poe¿s short stories are for you. These stories are hard to comprehend on the account of his colorful vocabulary. So, Young Adults and Adults, this book is for you. Small children probably should not read his stories because of the gruesome things that occur in his stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Brilliant Read.

    I really loved this book everything is described in great detail and with great thought

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