The Fall of the House of Usher
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"The Fall of the House of Usher" is a short story. It was written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in September 1839 in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine. It was slightly revised in 1840. The revised version was published in a collection of Poe's stories called Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Critics say the story is a masterpiece of American literature. The poem "The Haunted Palace" is part of the story. Vincent Price starred in a 1960 movie based on the story.
Roderick Usher is a hypochondriac. He believes he is dying. His house is crumbling. Usher has a sister Madeleine. She falls into a catatonic state. She appears dead. Roderick knows she is not dead. He places her in the family tomb. He plans to bury her. On a stormy night, she rises from the tomb. She falls upon her brother. She is dead. Her brother dies from terror. The house crumbles and falls.
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- Free eBook The Fall of the House of Usher at Project Gutenberg
- Free eBook The Fall of the House of Usher at Project Gutenberg (audiobook)
- Full text as reprinted in The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe (1850)
- Full text at Bartelby.com
- "The Fall of the House of Usher" with annotated vocabulary at PoeStories.com
- Full text at American Literature
- Study guide
- Analysis by Martha Womack