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Selected Tales

Selected Tales
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Since their first publication in the 1830s and 1840s, Edgar Allan Poe's extraordinary Gothic tales have established themselves as classics of horror fiction and have also created many of the conventions which still dominate the genre of detective fiction. As well as being highly enjoyable, Poe's tales are works of very real intellectual exploration. Attentive to the historical and political dimensions of these very American tales, this new selection places the most popular -- `The Fall of the House of Usher', `The Masque of the Red Death', `The Murders in the Rue Morgue; and `The Purloined Letter' -- alongside less well-known travel narratives, metaphysical essays and political satires. MS Found in a Bottle; Berenic--euml--;; Morella; Ligeia; 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; Eleonora; The Masque of the Red Death; The Pit and the Pendulum; The Mystery of Marie Rog--ecirc--;t; The Tell-Tale Heart; The Gold-Bug; The Black Cat; A Tale of the Ragged Mountains; The Purloined Letter; The Systems of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether; The Imp of the Perverse; The Cask of Amontillado; The Domain ofArnheim; Hop-Frog; Von Kempelen and his Discovery - ;Since their first publication in the 1830s and 1840s, Edgar Allan Poe's extraordinary Gothic tales have established themselves as classics of horror fiction and have also created many of the conventions which still dominate the genre of detective fiction. Yet, as well as being highly enjoyable, Poe's tales are works of very real intellectual exploration. Abandoning the criteria of characterization and plotting in favour of blurred boundaries between self and other, will and morality, identity and memory, Poe uses the Gothic to question the integrity of human existence. Indeed, Poe is less interested in solving puzzles or in moral retribution than in exposing the misconceptions that make things seem `mysterious' in the first place. Attentiveto the historical and political dimensions of these very American tales, this new critical edition selects twenty-four tales and places the most popular - `The Fall of the House of Usher', `The Masque of the Red Death', `The Murders in the Rue Morgue; and `The Purloined Letter' - alongside lesswell-known travel narratives, metaphysical essays and political satires. -
Oxford University Press, UK; April 1998
368 pages; ISBN 9780191605215
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