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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales

af Edgar Allan Poe

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A collection of fourteen of the author's best-known tales of mystery and the macabre includes "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Fall of the House of Usher," in which a visitor to a gloomy mansion finds a childhood friend dying under the spell of a family curse.
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This compilation of short stories include some of Poe's most famous works. They include adventures, including one short story, "A Descent into the Maelstrom", and one novella, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym", which involve man against the transitory and chaotic nature of the sea. I would imagine that the sea for 19th century sailors and travelers could be a source of horror. The others involve horrible situations that characters find themselves, included bound on a table with a bladed pendulum, slowly descending, swinging back and forth "The Pit and the Pendulum", or being walled alive within brick masonry, "The Cask of Amontillado." My favorite in this grouping was "The Black Cat" about a guilt-ridden man is haunted by a black cat who he victimized and leads a murderous conclusion. Several of these stories were translated into horror films I loved at Saturday matinees as a boy. ( )
1 stem John_Warner | Oct 24, 2020 |
28-11-2018
Read the first story, The Fall of the House of Usher.
I'm not very impressed by it, probably because it is all gloomy, very short and there's a lot hinted at but most is unspoken.
Not that I need everything spelled out for me, but there's a limit to my willingness to guess and follow hints.

28-11-2018 Read the 2nd story as well:
The second 1001-story I read from this book was a lot better than the first.
Absolutely mysterious, tense with a very unexpected twist at the end. I may get to like Poe after all.

28-11-2018 And the last one that read from this book is done as well:
The third (and last) short story by Poe on the 1001-list. And although the last story was okay (better than the first, not as good as the second), I'm still happy that I'm done with Poe.
The combination of old fashioned English with long, elaborate trains of thought (or speech) about something that has only sideways to do with the matter at hand is too much for me to enjoy.
  BoekenTrol71 | Nov 28, 2018 |
I've read two stories from this collection for the 1001 books to read before you die list. The first one "The Purloined Letter" sucked. I DNF because it was so boring and really too much information to get through just to find out how he got his hands on the letter. However, the second story "The Fall of the House of Usher" was more of the Poe writing that I enjoy. It's about a haunted house with a poor man who is going crazy inside it. Ending was strange and left it to the reader's imagination what happened to Usher. ( )
  booklover3258 | May 1, 2018 |
I'd never read Poe before when I bought this book. I usually hate florid writing (basically, anything before the late 19th century) and a quick glance at the prose made me a little worried about whether I would even be able to make sense of it. However, I persevered and now I've finished all the stories and am sad cause I know there's no more to read.

Poe understands horror and suspense to perfection. He also understands a lot of other things which nobody seems to appreciate anymore, IMO.

Some of the more surreal stories in this collection reminded me strongly of Gogol. I'm not really a fan of surreal writing, but many of the other stories - especially the 'futuristic technology' ones - reminded me of some of Conan Doyle's stories, which is some of the highest praise I could give an author.
In particular, I'm indebted to Poe for inspiring Conan Doyles's Sherlock Holmes, one of my favorite literary protagonists of all time. I actually think the Sherlock Holmes stories are better developed than Poe's detective tales, but one can forgive him since he pioneered the detective genre.

My favorite story, by far, was 'Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym'. I love a good adventure story, and this was an epic that just went on and on and oooon....in a very good way. It also showed how incredibly educated the author was on everything from the breedings habits of sea-birds to handling a ship. I learnt so much about random subjects from this story.

I was going to try to list some of my other favorites, but there are just too many so I'm leaving it at this. ( )
  dorotheabaker | Nov 14, 2013 |
Stories read in this collection: Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Purloined Letter ( )
  nlgeorge | Aug 12, 2012 |
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During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher.
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This short story collection contains:
  • The balloon-hoax
  • Ms found in a bottle
  • A descent into the maelstrom
  • The murders in the Rue Morgue
  • The purloined letter
  • The black cat
  • The fall of the House of Usher
  • The pit and the pendulum
  • The masque of the red death
  • The cask of Amontillado
  • The tell-tale heart
  • Diddling
  • The man that was used up
  • Narrative of A. Gordon Pym


Please do not combine it with any of the individual stories, or with collections containing different stories.
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A collection of fourteen of the author's best-known tales of mystery and the macabre includes "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Fall of the House of Usher," in which a visitor to a gloomy mansion finds a childhood friend dying under the spell of a family curse.

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