The Fall of the House of Usher (Annotated) (Edgar Allan Poe)

by Edgar Allan Poe

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PublisherBronson Tweed Publishing
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GanreFiction & Literature
Release date 22.12.2014
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"The Fall of the House of Usher" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1839.
The tale begins with the unnamed narrator arriving at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher, having received a letter from him in a distant part of the country complaining of an illness and asking for his help. Although Poe wrote this short story before the invention of modern psychological science, Roderick's condition can be described according to its terminology. It includes a form of sensory overload known as hyperesthesia (hypersensitivity to textures, light, sounds, smells and tastes), hypochondria (an excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness) and acute anxiety. It is revealed that Roderick's twin sister, Madeline, is also ill and falls into cataleptic, death-like trances. The narrator is impressed with Roderick's paintings, and attempts to cheer him by reading with him and listening to his improvised musical compositions on the guitar. Roderick sings "The Haunted Palace", then tells the narrator that he believes the house he lives in to be alive, and that this sentience arises from the arrangement of the masonry and vegetation surrounding it.
This edition has been formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents.  It has also been annotated, with extensive additional information about the story and its author, including an overview, plot, analysis, allusions, significance, adaptations, bibliographical and biographical information.

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