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Among these stories are "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allen Poe, a story about an unnamed narrator who visits his friend Roderick Usher. Roderick is ill and the narrator wishes to improve his mood by spending time with him, reading to him, listening to the music Roderick composes. But as he spends more time at the House of Usher, he realizes that there is something strange about Roderick and there's something even stranger about the house. He must escape this house before this strangeness of being infects him as well.

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ISBN-13: 9781603128940
Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Ernest Percival Rhys (1859 - 1946) was a Welsh-English writer, best known for his role as founding editor of the Everyman's Library series of affordable classics. He wrote essays, stories, poetry, novels and plays. Rhys was born in London and brought up in Carmarthen and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After working in the coal industry, he was employed doing editorial work on the Camelot Series of 65 reprints and translations from 1886, for five years, while he turned to writing as a profession. He was a founder member in 1890 of the Rhymers' Club in London and a contributor to The Book of the Rhymers' Club (1893). In 1906, Rhys persuaded J. M. Dent, the publisher, for whom he was working on The Lyric Poets series, to start out on the ambitious Everyman project, aiming to publish 1000 titles; the idea was to put out ten at a time. The target was eventually reached, ten years after Rhys died.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) was an American writer, editor and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the 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.

Arthur Machen (March 1863 - 1947) was a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. His novella The Great God Pan (1890; 1894) has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror (Stephen King has called it "Maybe the best [horror story] in the English language"). He is also well known for his leading role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.

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