The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Tales
Price: 13.49 GBP
Author: Poe, Edgar Allan ; edited with an introduction and notes by David Van Leer
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: New
Jacket Condition No jacket
Edition First Thus
Size 8vo - over 7¾
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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