Selected Tales

Selected Tales


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Edgar Allan Poe's Gothic tales have established themselves as classics of horror fiction, and as the inventor of the modern mystery, Poe created many of the conventions which still dominate the genre of detective fiction. Attentive to the historical and political dimensions of these very American tales, this new selection of twenty-four tales places the most popular—"The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Purloined Letter"—alongside less well-known travel narratives, metaphysical essays, and political satires.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199535774
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/15/2008
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 603,341
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Van Leer is Professor of English and American Literature at the University of California, Davis.

Table of Contents

MS Found in a Bottle
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
The Masque of the Red Death
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Mystery of Marie Rogêt
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Gold-Bug
The Black Cat
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
The Purloined Letter
The Systems of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
The Imp of the Perverse
The Cask of Amontillado
The Domain of Arnheim
Von Kempelen and his Discovery

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Selected Tales 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
And then my vision fell upon the seven tall candles upon the table. At first they wore the aspect of charity, and seemed white slender angels who would save me; but then, all at once, there came a most deadly nausea over my spirit, and I felt every fibre in my frame thrill as if I had touched the wire of a galvanic battery, while the angel forms became meaningless spectres, with heads of flame, and I saw that from them there would be no help. from "The Pit and the Pendulum"This book includes some of Poe's most famous tales, such as The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Read Death and The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Some of the stories are really atmospheric, but others had me wondering whether he was ever going to finish lecturing me and start telling the story. There was one story that seemed totally out of place amongst the horror and revenant corpses, and that was "How to Write a Blackwood Article", a satirical tale about a woman being taught how to write sensational magazine articles such as those published in Blackwood's magazine.
vixen666 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All the classic short stories... beautiful prose, horrific events. Perfect.
defrog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s Poe, so you know the deal. As usual, the horror stories are the best. And credit to Poe for inventing the detective genre with Murders in The Rue Morgue, though the other two stories with the detective Dupin ¿The Mystery of Marie Rogêt¿ and ¿The Purloined Letter¿ come across like Poe trying to show you how intellectual he is.