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

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 states of decadence, fear and hate.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141439815
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 93,147
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, USA, in 1809. Poe, short story writer, editor and critic, he is best known for his macabre tales and as the progenitor of the detective story. He died in 1849, in mysterious circumstances, at the age of forty.

Table of Contents

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other WritingsChronology
Further Reading
A Note on the Text

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

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
A Decent into the Maelström
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

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


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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings: Poems, Tales, Essays, and Reviews 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
-AlyssaE- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i absolutely love edgar allen poe. i think that his poems and stories are dark but they have really good strong meaning to them. i haven't come across any other poets like him but i would really like to find some. i got into poe when i was in elementary school. alot of people know the raven but there are so many other good poems of his. if you are into some dark poetry for lack of a better word then you should read some edgar allen poe
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Harryot_Tubb-Mann More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book everything is described in great detail and with great thought