Classic Tales Of Horror
This collection of chilling horror stories from the maestro of suspense contains nearly 20 of Edgar Allan Poe's best known stories, including "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Pit and the Pendulum". For readers who have never come across the work of Poe before, it is a great introduction to some of his finest work.
Edgar Allan Poe’s stature as a major figure in world literature is primarily based on his ingenious and profound short stories, poems, and critical theories, which established a highly influential rationale for the short form in both poetry and fiction. Regarded in literary histories and handbooks as the architect of the modern short story, Poe was also the principal forerunner of the “art for art’s sake” movement in 19th-century European literature. Whereas earlier critics predominantly concerned themselves with moral or ideological generalities, Poe focused his criticism on the specifics of style and construction that contributed to a work’s effectiveness or failure. In his own work, he demonstrated a brilliant command of language and technique as well as an inspired and original imagination. Poe’s poetry and short stories greatly influenced the French Symbolists of the late 19th century, who in turn altered the direction of modern literature.
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