The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales

by Edgar Allan Poe

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!

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 4.15
  • Pages: 400
  • Publish Date: April 1st 1998 by Signet Classics
  • Isbn10: 0451526759
  • Isbn13: 9780451526755

What People Think about "The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales"

Before reading this book, I had a misconception that Edger Allen Poe was a horror writer. Yes, Poe might be known for his stories of macabre and gothic horror. Poe presents some of his signature stories in a unique way: Through the eyes of the killer/ mad man. It tells a tale of a man who survived a terrible maelstrom at sea with the help of reasoning skills. From Wikipedia Seriously, if Poe were not to write these stories, we might have ended up not having a Sherlock Holmes! Holmes character resembles Poe's Dupin in terms of method and style. The first story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue introduces us to this character and his methods. Even though this was the pioneer detective story, it is bogged down by lengthy narrative and a... The second story, The Purloined Letter featuring Dupin clearly shows that he is Sherlock Holmes. I remember reading an exact replica of this story featuring Holmes written by Doyle. Read these stories!

I go through phases where I think Poe was the greatest writer that ever lived. Poe is a writer who collects disciples. He is revered as the inventor of the detective story, an accomplishment he himself shrugged off ('You just write it in reverse,' he is supposed to have said, or words to that effect). I would hate for Poe to collect another label ('the father of magic realism') but for me he is the writer I go to when I want to learn how to suspend the reader's disbelief in a big way. Cos when you think about it, while Poe may be anything but realistic on most levels, there's one way in which he's utterly realistic: psychologically. He really thinks - more, feels - his way into these stories. And that the subjects are so frequently absurd only makes it more sublime.

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", for instance, had been published much earlier in 1794.

Ms. Found in a Bottle - Good suspense, but the ending confused me. The Man That was Used Up - Silly, amusing, but ends a bit too abruptly. Gordon Pym - Some good bits, but I think I just don't like maritime fiction.

Poe and I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection. Gordon Pym. It also included my favorite poe story The Masque of the Red Death which I first read in middle school.

Initially I was quite daunted by the idea of Edgar Allan Poe, but as I progressed through the collection I found myself relaxing into it and just enjoying the writing.

"The Tell-Tale Heart" (4.0 stars): My favorite Poe story Of the ones listed here.

Within three years of Poes 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 Poes 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 Poes handwriting on the backs of Allans ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.