Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher

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“The Fall of the House of Usher”, first published in 1839 in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, is possibly the best known of Poe’s stories and certainly the most often anthologized since 1847, when Griswold included it in The Prose Writers of America. According to T.O. Mabbott, the tale is biographical only to the extent that it concerns James Campbell Usher and Agnes Pye Usher, a real brother and sister, and children of actors, who were orphaned in 1814 and grew up as neurotics (Poe 2:393). The tale has inspired much literary criticism, ranging from psychoanalytical and New Critical renderings to Romantic Ironist contributions (such as G. R. Thompson’s work) and many …

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Sucur, Slobodan. "The Fall of the House of Usher". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 October 2005
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