The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings And much of Madness and of Sin And Horror the Soul of the Plot This selection of Poe s critical writings short fiction and poetry demonstrates his intense interest in aesthetic issues and the astoni

  • Title: The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings
  • Author: Edgar Allan Poe David Galloway
  • ISBN: 9780141439815
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • And much of Madness and of Sin And Horror the Soul of the Plot This selection of Poe s critical writings, short fiction and poetry demonstrates his 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 And much of Madness and of Sin And Horror the Soul of the Plot This selection of Poe s critical writings, short fiction and poetry demonstrates his 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 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 These works display Poe s startling ability to build suspense with almost nightmarish intensity.David Galloway s introduction re examines the myths surrounding Poe s life and reputation This edition includes a new chronology and suggestions for further reading The most original genius that America has produced ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON Poe has entered our popular consciousness as no other American writer THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWPREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS SELECTED WRITINGS

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      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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    1. I wrote this review a while ago. What was I thinking? Now I'll have to explain myself. Anyway, here it isI go through phases where I think Poe was the greatest writer that ever lived. They usually pass in 2-3 weeks or so, once I've had time to read and re-read his best stuff and be appalled by his worst. For the most part, this collection sticks to the best. There's not much of it. 200 pages would probably do it. Maybe 12 stories, some poems ('The Raven', 'Annabel Lee'). But page for page I don' [...]

    2. I feel like saying something along the lines of: "more fiction writers should read Poe." But I suspect that plenty of the shittiest writers around count Poe as a favourite. So what's the deal? In any case, much of this stuff is just perfect. And you know it. If you don't, you haven't read Poe, or have questionable taste. The finest? LigeiaThe Fall of the House of UsherThe Pit and the PendulumThe Tell-Tale HeartThe Black CatThe Cask of Amontillado

    3. ChronologyIntroductionFurther ReadingA Note on the TextPoems--Stanzas--Sonnet - To Science--Al Aaraaf--Romance--To Helen--Israfel--The City in the Sea--The Sleeper--Lenore--The Valley of Unrest--The Raven--Ulalume--For Annie--A Valentine--Annabel Lee--The Bells--EldoradoTales--MS. Found in a Bottle--Ligeia--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 Descent into the Maelström--Eleonora--The Oval Portrait--The [...]

    4. Re-read 'The Pit and the Pendulum' for the 'Catching up on the Classics' August short story.Poe does not make for happy reading but I love everything about his stories, the rich style, the darkness, the suspense. 5*

    5. Reading this whole book really expanded my conception of Poe. First of all, the introduction was interesting in that it downplayed the things you usually hear about Poe (married his young cousin, was an alcoholic, etc). As for the guts of the book went, I have to say I suffered through most of the poetry, but the tales were great. Who knew that Poe basically invented the detective story? His are great! And the "Gold Bug" is such a fun story. (I remember reading it as a kid, though I didn't remem [...]

    6. Poe's prose reads like his poetry, and that's about the best praise I can give. His writing is lyrical, fantastical, strange and evocative. It's like weird music and this, as much as *what* he writes, accounts for much of his effectiveness.All of his most famous tales are in here, the highlight for me being 'Murders in the Rue Morgue'. The best of his poetry is here too. The last section of the book consists of a collection of reviews and articles, which I confess I didn't read as it was the fic [...]

    7. oh my goodness just read the pit and the pendulum it is truely frightening. Loved it one of the best psychological tales I have ever read. WOW 5 stars from me for this story alone.A brilliant introduction to Poe .There were lots of stories and poems in here that I admit to using my hi lighter pen on and that is not something I do regularly.The Raven is a personal favorite of mine and The Pit and the Pendulum again Wow but there is much more to be enjoyed from this master of the macabre

    8. "From childhood's hour I have not beenAs others were — I have not seenAs others saw — I could not bringMy passions from a common spring "—Edgar Allan Poe, "Alone"I wonder what percentage of those who cheer for the Baltimore Ravens football team realize that they are supporting the only major North American sports franchise whose name is derived from a a great work of literature. I'm guessing it would be pretty low.Reading this book, which I did some time ago, gave me a lasting appreciatio [...]

    9. This book was a joy to read. I found it impossible to place down and every single story was read with a great deal of passion. Poe writes with such clarity and fluidity, that you become lost in those long expositions - as seen in C. Auguste Dupin's accounts in The Purloined Letter and The Murders in the Rue Morgue - so commonplace within his work. At all times - even where such strong characters as Dupin are in play - the story is always at the forefront of Poe's mind. Characters are there to br [...]

    10. First, let me say that I'm terrified by scary movies or stories -- blame it on my childhood! But secondly, I'm amazed by "The Fall of the House of Usher." Poe's writing is amazing. Coming upon the House, "with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the everyday life." OR "There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart-- an unredeemed dreariness of thoughts which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime [...]

    11. Romance by Edgar Allan Poe.Romance, who loves to nod and sing,With drowsy head and folded wing,Among the green leaves as they shakeFar down within some shadowy lake,To me a painted paroquetHath been- a most familiar bird-Taught me my alphabet to say-To lisp my very earliest wordWhile in the wild wood I did lie,A child- with a most knowing eye.Of late, eternal Condor yearsSo shake the very Heaven on highWith tumult as they thunder by,I have no time for idle caresThrough gazing on the unquiet sky. [...]

    12. Old Poe really didnt like encroaching science at the time he was living in (1830/40's). Sonnet To Science is quite revealing; he saw science as slowly destroying age old ideas and myths 'Why preyest thou thus upon the poets heart,Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?'Not only that, but how about: 'Hast thou not torn the Naiad from her flood,The Elfin from the green grass, and from meThe Summer dream beneath the tamarind tree?'Not much more to say. He is right of course.

    13. This is the perfect way to show the powerfulness of Poe's writings. He was a mad author, and in these stories, you can also know the scary part of the human character.

    14. I didn't read the whole book since this was for a class on Victorian Literature (we're going to trace Poe's influence on Baudelaire and Swinburne). Someday I will go back and read the rest :)

    15. A collection of Poe's work - poems, short stories, essays. Includes, the titular short story, and 'The Masque of the Red Death' - a precursor to 'The King in Yellow' - as well as famous poems like 'The Raven' and 'Lenore'.First: 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. A classic gothic tale by a classic gothic author. Poe has often featured as a favourite among the gothic subculture, particularly the romantic gothic. This story, I'm told, is one of familial madness. Let's see.Epigraph. French. No trans [...]

    16. I picked this up because a good friend of mine studies American literature from around this era. I knew of Poe, without reading much of his works. I had previously read The Raven and The Murders in the Rue Morgue. That was it. This collection united together some of his poems, his short stories and his essays.I didn't find every piece to be a winner, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy experimenting with Poe's work. Of his poems, I most enjoyed Ulalume and (of course) The Raven. Among the short [...]

    17. 3-4 stars. It's difficult to rate a collection of a writers best known works. I really like Poe's poetry - it's easy to follow, has a nice flow and sounds good in my head. I had forgotten just how creepy "The Raven" really is, but it has a nice ring to it when you read it aloud.I mostly like Poe's tales, some more than others. "The Pit and the Pendulum" is a marvel when it comes to building suspense - it's something with the way Poe uses light and sound, that makes it almost palpable. During my [...]

    18. Frantic, chilling, psychologically complex and grimly comedic, the themes and concepts explored in the work of Edgar Allan Poe are those of a writer well ahead of his time. His understanding of the psychopathic mindset is evident in stories such as ‘The Black Cat’ and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, yet he’s also to thank for the first examples of detective and crime fiction with his enigmatic sleuth C. Auguste Dupin, who would later provide Conan Doyle with a blueprint for Sherlock Holmes. A h [...]

    19. I only really read this for the tales, the short stories. I wrote a few lines about each tale: Ms. Found in a Bottle : A great story about a man caught in a shipwreck. Fantastic imagery of a man beyond his limits. Ligea: The narrator tells of his love for a woman called Ligea and his devastation over her death. He gets married again and the new wife also dies but is then re-born as Ligea. Bit of a WTF moment and nobody is really sure what Poe was trying to do with this story. The heartbreak is r [...]

    20. This is an excellent anthology of Poe's works! This is a must read for anyone who is a fan and for anyone who is a fan of classic horror! You really get a sense of the strength of his writing.

    21. When I was younger, if I heard the name Edgar Allen Poe, I used to think of a little, curly black haired, bespectacled creature chanting poetry at a raven. The best way to dispel this image is to read his work. Poe certainly was an odd figure, and his life was full of dark, depressing events and hardship. To me, he was pretty much the gothic equivalent of poor, tortured genius. Not that he was a saint, far from it, in fact his frankly creepy relationship with his scarily young cousin made me fee [...]

    22. This gets 3 stars only because of Poe's mastery of writing. I can't comment on the poetry because I'm not educated in that area, and I can't comment on the essays because they didn't interest me in the slightest so I skimmed through them, but the stories themselves weren't particularly enjoyable. There were a few here and there that held me in, but aside from the writing they weren't good enough to merit a high rating from me. Poe's writing style and voice is impressive and I wish I were able to [...]

    23. First I shall have to admit that although I read all the poems and the prose, I did not however read all of the essays as I fancied some lighter reading. I will however, go back to them at some point though not in the immediate future. I also felt that reading essays about thing’s I hadn’t read or seen of whatever would not be very useful as I would have no idea what they were talking about (or perhaps I’m just lazy).The first thing I noticed while reading, was that his style of writing ju [...]

    24. My overall impression was that Poe is a rambler. In most of the stories, he spends a lot of (in my opinion, necessary,) time setting the scene before launching into the story.The stories in which Poe ‘got on with it’ and didn’t waste pages detailing useless descriptions, i found the most enjoyable—unsurprisingly. It was when i read ‘William Wilson’ (the fifth story in the book) that i was suddenly hooked. Suddenly i didn’t feel like i was forcing myself to keep reading. Suddenly th [...]

    25. I had an old selection of Poe's masterpieces, but this present edition is a wider collection of his works. I have already read almost everything presented in this volume, both during high school, university and even later on in my life. I adore Poe because he is one of the few writers who is really able to scare the hell out of me in just three or four words.The Tell-Tale Heart andwere the first two stories of Poe's I've read (I was about 12 back then)and the memory of the fright and goosebumps [...]

    26. Edgar Allan Poe is amazing. Having read "The Pit and the Pendulum" after someone recommended it to me, I decided to buy this book and am thoroughly enjoying it.His poems don't really come to much, except of course for "The Raven", which is a classic and so well-known you don't need me to tell you about it. The tales are full of his speciality - suspense - in a way that often leaves you breathless. Their length is perfect for their content - any longer and you'd be going out of your mind. I often [...]

    27. I did not read this book cover to cover. I picked stories and poems recommended from other sources, including ! I've known 'The Raven' for a long time and I still enjoy it's rhyme and reading it. It's pretty cool. I then read 'The fall of the house of Usher'. It's known as a gothic classic and intertwined the souls of the house and it's twin inhabitants. Our narrator is an observer of events largely. It's fantastical really, written in a somewhat elaborate way. I then read 'The pit and the pendu [...]

    28. A book that has been put together wonderfully well. There is an expansive introduction which gives great insights into Poe's life and the nature of his works.Then into the poems, the only one of which I already knew was The Raven. Some worked well for me, others were to verbose and unwieldy.The short stories are the central part, and to me, the kernel of the book. Poe takes you into some dark, leads you along closed room mysteries and into some weird places.To cap the book off, there are some of [...]

    29. I was told that Edgars stories age very well, and by far most of them do. However, I will admit I had trouble understanding most of his poems and essays. That does not take a thing away from him, as my sister seems to get it, and most of my friends as well.The book has a brief history of the man, then has some of his poems, then stories, then essays/reviews he wrote. The last 20 pages list reference to some things that may confuse some readers, as some things do age, or you don't speak french.On [...]

    30. The man was a genius!!!!! I enjoyed every bit of this book. The Poems: Poe seems half sublime, his mind is far from usual. These poems offer a feeling so rare and should be read by everyone at least once. The Tales: very enjoyable and diverse. Not too long and stuffed with long descriptions, nor too short to envelop the plot. Out of all, I probably liked 'The Masque of the Red Death' the best, and 'A Descent into the Maelström' the least. Too bad there weren't more, though. Essays and Reviews: [...]

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