The Tell-Tale Heart (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 28, 2004 - Fiction - 419 pages
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Edgar Allan Poe remains the unsurpassed master of works of mystery and madness in this outstanding collection of Poe's prose and poetry are sixteen of his finest tales, including "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "William Wilson," "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "Eleonora". Here too is a major selection of what Poe characterized as the passion of his life, his poems - "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," Ulalume," "Lenore," "The Bells," and more, plus his glorious prose poem "Silence - A Fable" and only full-length novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.


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Excellent writing, but not my cup of tea. - Goodreads
So creepy and perverse, and the ending! - Goodreads
Great part is it's short and not to hard to read. - Goodreads
Plot Analy Conflict Open your eye! - Goodreads
I love the characterization of the narrator. - Goodreads
Poe is an excellent writer of classical literature. - Goodreads

Review: The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

User Review  - Keith Pai - Goodreads

I was shocked why I hadn't read this story before now, I love Poe. The Tell-Tale Heart is a story of a madman whose murder of his master comes back to bite him. Poe approaches the subject of madness ... Read full review

Review: The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

User Review  - Esraa Diab - Goodreads

The tell-tale heart is my first horror short story i have ever read and i must say it MADE me scared like hell !! the writer really created an amazing atmosphere of terror through the imaginary all ... Read full review

Contents

The TellTale Heart
3
The Cask ofAmontillado
17
The Fall of the House of Usher
24
The Masque of the Red Death
43
The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar
49
Ligeia
59
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
75
The Purloined Letter
109
Ms Found in a Bottle
160
The Premature Burial
170
William Wilson
184
Eleonora
204
SilenceA Fable
210
Stanzas
391
The City in the Sea
397
The Sleeper
399

A Descent into the Maelstrom
128
The Pit and the Pendulum
145
Fornnie
415
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Page 425 - Hear the sledges with the bells Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells! How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, In the icy air of night! While the stars that oversprinkle All the heavens, seem to twinkle With a crystalline delight...
Page 45 - I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the "HOUSE OF USHER.
Page 35 - I was perhaps the more forcibly impressed with it as he gave it, because, in the under or mystic current of its meaning, I fancied that I perceived, and for the first time, a full consciousness on the part of Usher, of the tottering of his lofty reason upon her throne. The verses which were entitled " The Haunted Palace," ran very nearly, if not accurately, thus : I.

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About the author (2004)

In his short, troubled life Edgar Allan Poe originated the mystery story, brought new psychological depth to the tale of horror, and made inimitable contributions to Romantic poetry and literary criticism. Born in Boston in 1809 to itinerant actors, Poe was orphaned as an infant and sent to live with a Richmond merchant, John Allan. Allan sent him to the University of Virginia in 1826, but Poe withdrew because of gambling debts. In 1830, with his first book of poems already published, he entered West Point but was dishonorably discharged the next year. In 1835 Poe was chosen editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. Poe was already established as an author when, in 1845, the publication of "The Raven" made him famous. He began to lecture, engaged in a celebrated feud with Longfellow, and became sole proprietor of his own magazine, Broadway Journal. But in 1846 the magazine went bankrupt, and in 1847, after years of suffering, Poe's wife died of consumption. His ill health and drinking worsened. In October 1849 he was found semiconscious outside a polling place in Baltimore; a few days later he died without regaining consciousness.

Ignored for the most part by his countrymen, he was idolized by the French Symbolists, who thought of him as the first modern poet and helped to win him the recognition that is now his.


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