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"Poe's work as a whole is a series of haunting improvisations on themes from the macabre that are hard to categorise, dazzlingly original and posthumously influential on an extraordinary range of writers from Baudelaire and RL Stevenson to Yeats, Wilde and Borges" (Observer)

"His work continues to enthral. His greatest tales (The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum) radiate a dark humour and mockery that strike an oddly modern note" (Sunday Times)

"If genius is an exceptional capacity for imaginative creation, Poe had it in spades" (Daily Mail)

"His reputation as a master of the grotesque and macabre has veiled the real cause of his fame: an astonishing mastery of language and literary technique which made Arthur Ransome, himself no mean story technician and a considerable literary critic, liken his stories to rare coloured goblets or fantastic metalwork" (Independent) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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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

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  • Broché: 560 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Classics; Édition : Reissue (27 mars 2003)
  • Collection : Penguin classics
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 9780141439815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141439815
  • ASIN: 0141439815
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,9 x 2,5 x 19,8 cm
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Par Nellyes COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEUR le 5 juillet 2004
Format: Broché
The narrator of the story is the only witness and he talked about it as it happened in the past. He is different than the narrator of the Black Cat but the common point he has with him is that we know nothing about him. He literary comes from nowhere. An atmosphere is described instead of a oppressive atmosphere with a D alliteration, muffled sonorities and minor sounds. He gives his feelings about it before he describes the house (gloom, melancholy...). It is based on the effect upon him. p.54 ; the description of Lady Madeline is also given but he does not describe her but his feelings. It takes place in no particular place but might be taken place in Europe rather than in America (dungeon). It is closer to Gothic because of the location, the gloomy atmosphere, architecture...and Roderick Usher can be seen as a kind of vampire. p.51 ; "I have said" ; the house has its own atmosphere. p.58 ; "I well remember" ; flashback on the discussion with Roderick Usher. The house generates its own atmosphere. Decay of the house; decay of Roderick Usher (who thinks his fate is already determined) About the question of De Béranger; the idea of upper sensibility of Roderick Usher but also the symbiosis between the house and the people. The idea of the double ; the narrator can be seen as double, the fact that the Ushers are twins and the way they die reminds us of the double. The house is almost a full character of the story and therefore can be seen as a double of Usher. They seldom go out from it and are finally buried in it. As the Black Cat is locked in his mind, the Ushers are locked in their house. Roderick reads, plays the guitar, paints and also writes poems. He paints abstract like the tunnel, which reminds us of the one of the tomb.Lire la suite ›
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Indispensible edition!! A fine collection. 10 décembre 2004
Par AU Student - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I've found this particular edition of Poe's (albiet incomplete) collected works to be the best and most accurate blend possible of his short fiction, poetry, and most important prose. The annotations and background information are also extremely helpful unlike some works that do not translate the Latin, for example. MOST IMPORTANTLY I've found this work to contain the most perfect editions of his poetry, as opposed to other collected works I've owned that have unusual deviances, such as "monody compels" (this ed.) vs "melody compels" of another edition. This has indeed become a faithful companion and my particular copy has become well-worn! I would suggest obtaining as a supplement a seperate edition of Poe's complete short stories and possibly also an edition of his collected prose, although this volume contains his perhaps most important work "The American Drama" anyway. Cheers, hope this helps!
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Creepy fictional masterpieces of horror, poems and selected essays by the original Baltimore Raven superstar Edgar Allan Poe 7 juillet 2009
Par C. M Mills - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Long before Alfred Hitchcock, Bram Stoker or Arthur Conan Doyle there was Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Born to a Boston actress; married to 13 year old Virginia Clemm and tormented by the demons of the soul this American original is the most popular worldwide American author.
In this excellent Penguin collection the editors have collected his best short stories, poems and essays in a valuable volume.
Among the masterpieces are:
The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter featuring the pre-Sherlock Holmes detective skills of Auguste Dupin.
The Fall of the House of Usher in which a gothic mansion mirrors the madness, incest and horror within the soul of its demented owner.
The Pit and the Pendulum an unforgettable tale of the Spanish Inquisition where the suspense is almost tactile in its intensity.
The Masque of the Red Death in which Death is the unexpected visitor at a masqued ball.
The Gold Bug shows Poe's mathematical mind at work as a buried treasure is discovered.
In addition to other tales we find here such great poems as "The Raven"; "The Bells" and "Ligea".
A sample of Poe's literary essays are included. One essays deals with his review of the American theatre; another reviews Hawthorne's "Twice-Told Tales" and the best of the lot details the creative process the poet used to create his 108 line masterpiece "The Raven."
This is a fine edition which could be used in the classroom or for pleasure reading. Enjoy the outre world and lush writing of Edgar Allan Poe!
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The TRUE king of Horror! 12 juillet 2007
Par Summer Paulus - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I got this book as a gift for my Birth Day. I loved Edgar Allan Poe, his writings, poetry, essays, everything. I first heard The Raven in my [...] class, than heard The Cask of Amontillado in my [...] class. I than fully fell-in-love with this Poet! I also went out and picked up Young Edgar Allan Poe, and read it, exploring his life from a small child in beautiful detail to his death. If you haven't read any of Edgar Allan Poe's writings yet, please do so. Now...
At first when you read some of his writings, you get washed away by the old-fashioned literature, to the insanity of his mind (which isn't so, mind you). I had to re-read The Masque of the Red Death twice before I fully comprehended just what happened. I relieved in the story: The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum, struggled through The Bells, read my heart out in The Raven, raced through The Tell-Tale Heart and read curiously at The Man of the Crowd. This is truly the king of horror and insanity at it's best! Drop Stephen King for just a little while and read Poe, you won't regret it!
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A Dark and Dreary Feast 12 décembre 2012
Par Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq. - Publié sur
Format: Broché
When I first got this book I gazed for many moments at the wonderful cover illustration, which is a detail from an illustration by John Byam Liston Shaw for "The Masque of the Red Death." It captures, for me, the essence of Poe: beauty, mystery and terror.

The book's Contents:
Introduction by David Galloway
Sonnet--To Science
Al Aaraaf
To Helen
The City in the Sea
The Sleeper
The Valley of Unrest
The Raven
For Annie
A Valentine
Annabel Lee
The Bells

MS. Found in a Bottle
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 Maelstrom
The Oval Portrait
The Masque of the Red Death
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Gold-Bug
The Black Cat
The Purloined Letter
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
The Cast of Amontillado

Letter to B--
Georgia Scenes
The Drake-Halleck Review (excerpts)
Watkins Tottle
The Philosophy of Furniture
Time and Space
Twice-Told Tales
The American Drama (excerpts)
The Philosophy of Composition
On Imagination
The Veil of the Soul
The Poetic Principle (excerpts)


I was, at first, shocked that "The Conqueror Worm" was absent from the poetry, but then I remembered that the poem is contained within the text of "Ligeia." At 488 pages, this is an ample edition of Poe's Works. The excellent Introduction is 39 pages long, and it concentrates on Poe's life and reputation rather than on discussing the tales and poetry. This volume is a fine introduction to Poe, for those who are approaching his writing for the first time.
Hats off to you if you can read it 6 juin 2014
Par David Joiner - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I just can't seem to develop the proper mindset to read Poe. To me it is such a tedious read.
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