Book Reviews of The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings : Poems, Tales, Essays, and Reviews (Penguin Classics)

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings : Poems, Tales, Essays, and Reviews (Penguin Classics)
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings Poems Tales Essays and Reviews - Penguin Classics
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
ISBN-13: 9780140432916
ISBN-10: 0140432914
Publication Date: 10/7/1986
Pages: 544
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings : Poems, Tales, Essays, and Reviews (Penguin Classics) on + 2 more book reviews
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Includes 14 tales of terror, imagination, and suspense:

* The Balloon-Hoax
* MS Found in a Bottle
* A Descent inot 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 Assignation
* The Tell-Tale Heart
* Diddling
* The Man that was Used Up

and Poe's only full-length novel,
*Narrative of A. Gordon Pym
reviewed The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings : Poems, Tales, Essays, and Reviews (Penguin Classics) on + 12 more book reviews
I really enjoyed this little short story (novelette? It seems to rich and full to be called a short story). I think this is a story that could really benefit from re-reads (and re-re-reads and re-re-re-reads). The story grabs you from the opening description of the house of Usher, especially with it's subtle personification, specifically the several references to eyes and the eerie sense of doom. I am not enough of a scholar to be able to say what exactly created the feeling of unease, but as Usher and the narrator's paranoia rose, so did mine! I would recommend this quick, gripping read to anyone.
reviewed The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings : Poems, Tales, Essays, and Reviews (Penguin Classics) on + 9 more book reviews
A great collection of Poe's stories, mostly his Gothic and horror stories.
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A nice little collection of Poe that includes a nice introduction and even some of his essays in addition to the expected poems, tales, and stories. I liked that the book included some literary criticism in addition to Poe's works. This would be nice to have if you're a college/high school student studying literature.