The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings, Paperback

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings Paperback

Edited by David Galloway

Illustrated by Harland Miller

4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


"The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings" is a collection that displays the full force of Edgar Allen Poe's mastery of both Gothic horror and the short story form.

This "Penguin Classics" edition is edited with an introduction and notes by David Galloway.

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" is a slow-burning Gothic horror, describing 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", "The Raven" and "The Cask of Amontillado" explore extreme states of decadence, fear and hate.

In his introduction David Galloway re-examines the myths surrounding Poe's life and reputation.

This edition includes a new chronology and suggestions for further reading. Although dissipated in his youth and plagued by mental instability towards the end of his life, Boston-born Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) had a variety of occupations, including service in the US army and magazine editor, as well as his remarkable literary output.

If you enjoyed "The Fall of the House of Usher", you might like Horace Walpole's "The Castle of Otranto", also available in "Penguin Classics". "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 Review").


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages, further reading, chronology, notes
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
  • ISBN: 9780141439815


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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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A selection of Poe's most well-known poems and stories, plus a few less well-known and a retrospective of his nonfiction writing.I have read most of these stories and poems in bits and pieces over the years. (I have not read any of the essays yet.) I think I enjoyed Poe more when I was younger and more melodramatic. Rereading "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Black Cat" now, I am reminded how over-the-top his writing was. All those capital letters and fervent, earnest emotion. All those adjectives! It would be an interesting exercise to rewrite Poe for a modern sensibility. He was a great influence, and it would not hurt anyone interested in the horror genre to read at least some Poe for its roots.

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Have not technically finished all the stories but have read a good sample and will return to it often. My favourite was The Murders of the Rue Morgue. Conan Doyle was very much inspired by Poe and in this particular story you can see why.