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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 27 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Rev Ed edition (27 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780141439815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141439815
  • ASIN: 0141439815
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This selection of Poe's critical writings, short fiction and poetry demonstrates an 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" describes 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" and the "Cask of Amontillado" explore extreme states of decadence, fear and hate.

About the Author

Peter Ackroyd is a well known writer and historian. He has been the literary editor of The Spectator and chief book reviewer for the The Times, as well as writing several highly acclaimed books including a biography of Dickens and London: The Biography. He resides in London and his most recent highly acclaimed work is Thames: Sacred River.


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