The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales The eerie tales of Edgar Allan Poe remain among the most brilliant and influential works in American literature Some of the celebrated tales contained in this unique volume include the world s first t

  • Title: The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales
  • Author: Edgar Allan Poe Stephen Marlowe
  • ISBN: 9780451526755
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • The eerie tales of Edgar Allan Poe remain among the most brilliant and influential works in American literature Some of the celebrated tales contained in this unique volume include the world s first two detective stories The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter and three stories sure to make a reader s hair stand on end The Cask of Amontillado ,The eerie tales of Edgar Allan Poe remain among the most brilliant and influential works in American literature Some of the celebrated tales contained in this unique volume include the world s first two detective stories The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter and three stories sure to make a reader s hair stand on end The Cask of Amontillado , The Tell Tale Heart , and The Masque of the Red Death Includes a New Introduction by Stephen Marlowe, author of The Memoirs of Christopher Columbus and The Lighthouse at the End of the World The Signet Classic Edition of The Fall of the House of Usher has over 250,000 copies in print

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    • Edgar Allan Poe Stephen Marlowe

      The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher This versatile writer s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America s first great literary critic and theoretician Poe s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.Just as the bizarre characters in Poe s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles This is the Poe of legend But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author s name.The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809 Edgar was the second of three children His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls school Within three years of Poe s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe s siblings went to live with other families Mr Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe s handwriting on the backs of Allan s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.For information, please see enpedia wiki Edgar_al

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    • I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.Before reading this book, I had a misconception that Edger Allen Poe was a horror writer Oh, how wrong I was Yes, Poe might be known for his stories of macabre and gothic horror But it was his versatility that I found attractive in his writings Without much further ado, let s see what this collection holdsMacabre HorrorTRUE nervous very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am but why will you say that I AM MAD Most of the stories in this [...]


    • This selection of short stories reveals Edgar Allan Poe in all his moods All the stories have been reviewed, but some have their own separate reviews and star rating These are indicated with links at the end This review and star rating is for the remainder of this selection The Fall of the House of Usher published in 1839 is the title story of the collection It may well be one of the stories which started the current interest in the gothic genre, although Ann Radcliffe s The Mysteries of Udolpho [...]


    • The Balloon Hoax Wow That was really boring.Ms Found in a Bottle Good suspense, but the ending confused me.A Descent into the Maelstrom Not too memorable.The Murders in the Rue Morgue A rather silly Holmes esque mystery tale.The Purloined Letter Not bad, but far too wordy.The Black Cat Deliciously disturbing.The Fall of the House of Usher Not as interesting as his others, but good atmosphere.The Pit and the Pendulum A delightful tale of suspense.The Masque of the Red Death Meh Weird for no reaso [...]


    • Inspired MadnessA Book Review of Edgar Allan Poe s The Fall of the House of Usher and Other TalesThere s no denying that much of modern horror fiction as we know it anyway grew out of the gloomy, chaotic depth of the 19th century when a few demented souls were churning out tales of things that go bump in the night These were writers who were dubbed freaks during their time and, as if the patina of age hasn t wore off, are still considered as such today They broke taboos, infringed established ru [...]


    • I don t like these kind of genres, that much But Poe is a beautiful exception He is brilliant at creating weird atmospheres, although sometimes it seems those descriptions are too long, with women dying all over the place However, it is not difficult to get into the stories and feel real emotion.I really liked William Wilson, I liked Ms Found in a Bottle , The Oval Portrait , the art of losing a wife by gaining a painting Ligeia , I don t quite get it yet, but it has a frightening beauty That on [...]


    • Hearing your name given to literary characters is a weird experience I guess I should be thankful I don t have a common name, like Sarah or Kate or whatever Sharing a name with a fictional character doesn t happen to me often the last one I can remember is The Departed, where the single female character was named Madeline but it didn t really matter because she got called by name a whopping one time but when it does it s weird Especially when you re reading this story by Poe, and the girl in th [...]


    • The opening sequence right away sets up the mood of the story the soundlessness of the autumn day, low hanging clouds, dreariness of the countryside, waning of the day, the melancholy house itself The descriptions are so amazing of the inside of the Usher House which intensifies the impression of gloom and decay given by the outside Such symbolism too The way that Roderick s studio is reached through many dark and intricate passages suggest that access to his mind is hidden and convoluted as wel [...]


    • This is my favorite of all Poe s stories Which considering my love for him, was not an easy choice to make I have read it several times over, numerous times out loud and in scary voices to entertain my little brother It s incredible how Poe can write in this helter skelter fashion so that you really don t know exactly what s going on and then in one final paragraph, or even the final sentence, he brings it all together and has you so thoroughly creeped out and simultaneously blown your mind, you [...]


    • This story will absolutely freak you out Of course, you should expect that from the greatest suspense writer of all time.


    • This was my first ever collection i have read of mr Poe and I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection The collection was my pick for all hallow s read to read for Halloween this year I also hosted a readalong of this collection online on facebook andat the all about books book club on This month from october 20th through tonight we read and discussed the stories by poe that was in this collection along with the novel A narrative of A Gordon Pym It also included my favorite poe story The M [...]


    • I am not sure what rating to give to this collection of stories On one hand, it has a bunch of well known stories by Poe such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell Tale Heart all of them sit on top for me as the greatest stories by Poe On the other hand, this book also contained the only full novel by Poe, Narrative of A Gordon Pym which clocks in at about 178 pages This would not be bad if it did not contain the b [...]


    • Edgar Allan Poe has succeeded in creating an extremely excellent Gothic work, which contains the famous characteristics of this genre, such as terror, suspense, depressing landscape, haunted house and gloom s metonymy A dearth of setting is the first and clear observation that we have in mind In other words, when this story begins, it states just an unnamed narrator standing in front of a gloomy and frightening house on an autumnal and overcast day Therefore, neither a location nor a precise tim [...]


    • I find with this collection, my opinion on Poe is evolving becoming refined First, this may be better named The Narrative of A Gordon Pym and Other Tales as Poe s only full length novel closing out this compendium is the lion s share of the pages Also, purported as a response to a Poe hoax is completes the bookends with the initial newspaper piece Balloon Hoax.In this realm of writing, I find there is science fiction tales tethered to scientific facts and science fantasy fiction with magical, [...]


    • Kind of a hit or miss collection There were a few stories that I found really dull to read, but I really enjoyed the title story, The Fall of the House of Usher , along with The Black Cat , and all the classic Poe tales, The Tell Tale Heart , The Masque of the Red Death , etc Poe is a master at delving into the dark psychological recesses of the human mind.I also really liked the Dupin tales, which reminded me a lot of Sherlock Holmes makes sense since apparently Poe s Dupin provided the inspira [...]


    • This story takes place in the 1800 s Most of the story is in a dark, old mansion The mansion is owned by a man named Roderick Usher He lives there with his twin sister, Madeline The story is told by a narrator The narrator goes to the mansion He thinks it feels eerie and kind of sad.Roderick is pale and not feeling well He has morbid acuteness of the senses All of his senses are affected sounds are too loud, lights are too bright, etc His sister was very sick.While the narrator is there, she die [...]


    • I read most of these stories in anthologies in middle school, but revisiting them, I found myself trapped in Poe s imaginative grip The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Pit and the Pendulum The Masque of the Red Death The Tell Tale Heart The Fall of the House of Usher Don t the titles themselves plunge you into terrible remembrance From The Black Cat Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or stupid action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not Have we not a [...]


    • 3 stelle e mezzoPoe, il genio del gotico psicologico per eccellenza, il re della suspence americano, uno dei padri della letteratura horror, il pi amato e il pi odiato Insomma, di Poe se ne sono dette di cotte e di crude Non sono una studiosa di letteratura americana, sono solo una lettrice e da lettrice vi dico che lo stile di Poe mi ha fatto drizzare i capelli in testa Ho dovuto leggere questi racconti con la luce accesa e, in alternativa, di giorno, perch si, Poe con la suspance ci sa fare ec [...]


    • i don t like this book because it don t have alot of details will be better if they ztick to one story and finish it.i recooened this book to the people who like scary stories will be also good if you read it at halloweenter i read this book i couldn t sleep.


    • 2 Stars meh.The only thing saving this particular edition, was The Pit and the Pendulum and the Black Cat Nice and creepy, with some crazy thrown on top.The downside, was the full length novella of Narrative of A Gordan Pym Utterly boring.


    • Poe s verbiage wafts through the air like the sound of a beautiful harp His description of the Usher Manor paints a picture so clear that you can t help but feel you have been there Could a tortuous haunting, so relentless, drive an inhabatant into madness


    • I wish I could rate the individual stories Some I loved others not so much It was fun to revisit these at Halloween.










    • I m going to get into trouble, so let me just say this up front Edgar Allan Poe is without a doubt one of the most influential figures in the history of literature, American or otherwise, and his contributions can t be overstated He was also, however, overly long winded, had a difficult time creating relatable characters, and had a tendency to lose sight of the reader as he rambled.A lot of the stories in this book, you ve probably read before The Pit and the Pendulum is one of the great America [...]


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