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 (


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 deconstructionist and/or post-structuralist ventures into the field, particularly in the last couple of decades.…

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Citation: Sucur, Slobodan. "The Fall of the House of Usher". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 October 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=905, accessed 13 April 2024.]

905 The Fall of the House of Usher 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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