The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Works Series Book #4 (Original Version)

The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Works Series Book #4 (Original Version)

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by Edgar Allan Poe
     
 

"The Pit and the Pendulum" is the original short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, though Poe skews historical facts. The narrator of this original story is deemed guilty for an unnamed crime and put into a completely dark room. He passes out while trying to…  See more details below

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"The Pit and the Pendulum" is the original short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, though Poe skews historical facts. The narrator of this original story is deemed guilty for an unnamed crime and put into a completely dark room. He passes out while trying to determine the size of the room. When he wakes up, he realizes there is a large, deep pit in the middle of the room. He loses consciousness again and awakens strapped on his back, unable to move more than his head. He soon realizes there is a large blade-like pendulum hanging above him, slowly getting closer to cutting through his chest. He finds a way to escape but the walls of his prison start to move and close in on him, pushing him closer and closer to falling into the pit.
The story is especially effective at inspiring fear in the reader because of its heavy focus on the senses, such as sound, emphasizing its reality, unlike many of Poe's stories which are aided by the supernatural. The traditional elements established in popular horror tales at the time are followed but critical reception has been mixed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013037977
Publisher:
Emerson Huxley
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Series:
The Complete Works Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
433 KB

Meet the Author

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an original American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the original emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.[2]

He was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts; he was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family. Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. After enlisting in the Army and later failing as an officer's cadet at West Point, Poe parted ways with the Allans. His publishing career began humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian".

Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin. In January 1845 Poe published his poem, "The Raven", to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. He began planning to produce his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.

Poe and his works influenced original literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.

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The Pit and the Pendulum - Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Works Series Book #4 (Original Version) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I dont have this book on my nook but I read it somewhere else. It is a great story. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to everyone interested. The formatting was impeccable and worth the 2.99. Its a bargain. I plan to buy all in this series. Go and get yours today.