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The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Tales

Price: 13.49 GBP

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Author: Poe, Edgar Allan ; edited with an introduction and notes by David Van Leer

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition No jacket

Type Book

Edition First Thus

Size 8vo - over 7

Publisher Oxford University Press 2018

ISBN Number 0198827296 / 9780198827290

Inventory No. BK0012

New hardback. Purple cloth. RRP 14.99. First impression of this new edition. Since their first publication in the 1830s and 1840s, Edgar Allan Poe's extraordinary Gothic tales have established themselves as classics of horror fiction and have also created many of the conventions which still dominate the genre of detective fiction. Yet, as well as being highly enjoyable, Poe's tales are works of very real intellectual exploration. Abandoning the criteria of characterization and plotting in favour of blurred boundaries between self and other, will and morality, identity and memory, Poe uses the Gothic to question the integrity of human existence. Indeed, Poe is less interested in solving puzzles or in moral retribution than in exposing the misconceptions that make things seem `mysterious' in the first place. Attentive tothe historical and political dimensions of these very American tales, this critical edition selects twenty-four tales and places the most popular - 'The Pit and the Pendulum', `The Fall of the House of Usher', `The Masque of the Red Death', `The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and `The Purloined Letter'- alongside less well-known travel narratives, metaphysical essays, and political satires. 143 x 222 x 34 (mm). pp. xxviii, 338.

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