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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  18,454 ratings  ·  507 reviews
The Fall of the House of Usher By Edgar Allan Poe "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The story begins with the unnamed narrator arriving at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher, having received a letter from him in a distant part of the country complaining of an illness and asking for his help. Although Poe wrote this short story befor ...more
Published 2004 by Librio (first published 1839)
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Jeffrey Keeten
"There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart—an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it—I paused to think—what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?"

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A gothic house that instantly made me think of the House of Usher.

When our narrator has been summoned to the bedside of his sick friend Roderick Usher, he finds a household overcast with gloom. If an environment can perme
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 03, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
There are three Edgar Allan Poe books that are included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. They are: The Fall of the House of Usher, The Purloined Letter and The Pit and the Pendulum. Yesterday, I started reading The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings as my first Halloween book this year. All these three stories are there. So, reading that book is like shooting three birds with one stone.

The Fall of the House of Usher is the best horror story that I've read for a long time now. Not
This dark,somber and melancholic world makes my head spinning.
I know not how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart--an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it--I paused to think--what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?

"The Fall of the House of Usher is considered the best example of Poe's "totality", where every eleme
This is one of Edgar Allan Poe's acclaimed short stories, made unforgettable when it was adapted to film by Roger Corman in 1960, starring Vincent Price.
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The Fall of the House of Usher was published in September 1839 and helped build Poe's credibility as a serious writer. It embodied the elements which were fast becoming Poe's macabre signature: "gloomy landscape, crumbling mansion, somber interior, sorrowful atmosphere, terrified narrator, neurasthenic hero, supernatural elements, oppressive sec
I can't think of a better way to kick off the month of October.
Luís Blue Yorkie
It is not accidental that Edgar Allan Poe is considered a pioneer of suspense literature: the three stories in this book - namely: "The Fall of the House of Usher," "A Descent into Maelstrom" and "The Man of the Crowd" - show clearly the ability of the author to cause some discomfort in the reader, primarily through their characterisations - something dark and disturbing - the environments and characters.
The history that gives title to the volume,The Fall of the House of Usher the supernatural
Vane J.
Ugh. I just love Poe's stories so much. Good thing he wrote many, so I still have more to go.

The narrator goes to Roderick Usher's house because he's summoned due to his friend's illness. There, he starts to notice some strange things, some of which include Usher's sister weird behaviour and subsequent death.

Even when this was so short, I found Usher to be an intriguing character. Utterly creepy but really interesting. His condition of hypochondria and axiety made him even more intriguing, and a
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bonnie by: 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
And the award for the longest run-on sentence that still manages to somewhat make sense goes to... yes, you, Edgar. You, my friend, know how to use those punctuation's to their fullest potential and then some. You even manage to use dashes like it's nobody's business.

And now for the winning sentence...
*deep breathe*

"It was possible, I reflected, that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilat
The Fall of the House of Usher (published in 1839) may well be one of the stories which started the current interest in the gothic genre, although Ann Radcliffe's "The Mysteries of Udolpho", for instance, had been published much earlier in 1794. Apart from its parody in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey", Radcliffe's work has now largely been forgotten along with other great gothic works from the time. Yet The Fall of the House of Usher remains perennially popular and influential. Poe regarded ...more
Breve volume composto por 3 contos de Edgar Allan Poe: A Queda da Casa de Usher, Uma Descida ao Maelström e o Homem da Multidão.
A qualidade das histórias narradas é muito idêntica contudo, senti-me mais “envolvida” pelo retrato apresentado em A Queda da Casa de Usher, talvez por ser o mais representativo da obra de Poe.
During one of those idle internet journeys the original purpose of which can't be remembered, I discovered that Debussy had, before his untimely death, finished 20-odd minutes of an opera based on Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. As something of a Debussy fanatic, I ordered the out-of-print 80s recording and pursued information on Poe's story. Seduced by the approachable length and its ready availability online, I settled down to a single sitting of 'Usher', Laphroaig, and Sibelius' 4th, ...more
My only problem with the "antique books" is the language, it takes me longer than usual to understand whole paragraphs, if i do at all .
I must admit that i adore writings from this era, it takes me away to a world of novelty and wonderful manners, but my knowledge of English doesn't allow me to fully enjoy them.
The fall of the house of Usher begins with the invitation the narrator gets from his boyhood friend Roderick Usher, apparently his friend is sick and lonely and he needs a company that m
Jim Ef
Μακάβρια, αλλόκοτα, εφηβικά γυμνάσματα. Έτσι χαρακτήρισαν πολλοί τα διηγήματα του Πόε την εποχή που ζούσε. Ας μου επιτραπεί να προσθέσω μαγευτικά, σκοτεινά, λυρικά, ιδιοφυή και φυσικά μοναδικά. Ο Έντγκαρ Άλλαν Πόε πέρασε σαν τυφώνας από την λογοτεχνική σκηνή και δεν άφησε τίποτα όρθιο. Όσκαρ Ουάιλντ, Φράντς Κάφκα, Χ.Β. Λάβκραφτ είναι λίγα από τα ονόματα τα οποία επηρεάστηκαν από τον μεγάλο συγγραφέα

Στην πτώση του οίκου των Άσερ ο Πόε, από την πρώτη κιόλας λέξη, χτίζει σταδιακά ένα ανατριχιαστικό
Gloria Mundi
Jun 16, 2012 Gloria Mundi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tim Burton
Recommended to Gloria by: 1001 book list
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In the greenest of our valleys
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace —
Radiant palace — reared its head.
In the monarch Thought’s dominion —
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair!

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow,
(This — all this — was in the olden
Time long ago,)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odor went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous
Amy Sturgis
I reread this (yet again!) in preparation for teaching my course on H.P. Lovecraft, and as always, "The Fall of the House of Usher" doesn't disappoint. Lovecraft called Poe his "God of Fiction" and considered "Usher" Poe's masterpiece. There's very good reason for this!
Filipe Miguel
Durante um dia inteiro de Outono, escuro, sombrio, silencioso, em que as nuvens pairavam, baixas e opressivas (...) encontrei-me diante da melancólica Casa de Usher.

Sendo Edgard Allan Poe sinónimo de "perturbador", toda e qualquer narrativa por ele escrita remete obrigatoriamente para o desconforto.

Neste longo conto, o autor coloca a nú o subconsciente profundo, utilizando o elemento "medo" e fá-lo valer através do "estranho". Com estranho ambiente, estranho tempo e estranhos acontecimentos,
Well, what can I say. Poe can create such a scary, creepy atmosphere that there's no need for anyone to be violently murdered or mysteriously disappeared in his stories. He can make your spine tingle with a single paragraph with just the way he writes.

This story, is about a man going to see his ill friend in a house that's too... alive, dare I say. And then creepy stuff happen all over the place. Every single description of the house is hands down the best description of any haunted house you'l
Classic horror story with a dark Gothic atmosphere.
I was a little disappointed by this offering of Poe's. Perhaps because I remember The Pit and the Pendulum and The Tell-Tale Heart being so morbid and creepy. It's probably my own fault for going in with such high expectations, but The Fall of the House of Usher fell flat for me.

It is a quick read. I polished it off in less than an hour, but I was never deliciously scared or frighteningly titillated in that time. Poe, of course, manages to create morbidly curious surroundings for his characters
Melissa Chung
This is a re-read for me. There are some stories from Poe that are very easy to read. This particular story is very flowery in its execution.

The House of Usher is a family mansion that has been past down for generations. It's recent tenants Roderick Usher and his twin sister Lady Madeline are suffering from a family malady. As the past has shown all members of the Usher family parish by some strange illness. Doctors can not seem to find the ailment. Although the narrator is convinced it's all i
This atmospheric horror story is great example of how an author such as Poe gets straight to the point. He doesn't bore the reader with lots of filler, but rather only describes every detail that is important to the story. This writing style is a great example why Poe can be read over and over again. Each sentence is a diamond that shines brighter and brighter with each subsequent reading.
Sarah ( Paris )

horror .. I love this story .
Good book ! Read it .

Karim Mohamed
إدغار ألان بو الذي لم أجد أحداً في سوداويته إلا كافكا
قرأت هذه القصة منذ زمن طويل بعد أن قرأت أحد أعداد سلسلة ما وراء الطبيعة بعنوان "أسطورة بو" ، و لكن منذ يومين وجدت نفسي لا أتذكر أي شئ من هذه القصة فقررت قراءتها مرة ثانية..
الراوي يزور صديقه آشر في منزله و يعرف أن أخت صديقه
مريضة ، يقوموا بدفن الأخت بعد موتها و..
لا يمكنني قول شئ أكثر من ذلك لكي لا أحرق الأحداث..

My first time. So awesome. I may become a fan, so impressed, like watching a movie .


Not only does Poe nail the tone (which shouldn't come as a surprise, because when does he ever fail to do that?) but the writing is really spectacular.
He roamed from chamber to chamber with hurried, unequal, and objectless sleep. The pallor of his countenance had assumed, if possible, a more ghastly hue- but the luminousness of his eye had utterly gone out. the once occasional huskiness of his tone was heard no more; and a tremulous quaver, as if of extreme terror, habitually chara
Jenn Flynn-Shon
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Dark, gloomy, depressing, and terrifying.

Although this short story was not so page-turner at the beginning, after the poem by Roderick Usher the story has a sudden change and becomes darker, and more terrifying than ever. I loved the parallelism between the romance and the surrounding of the narrator and Roderick. I also loved the precise descriptions, this unity of effect that transports the reader into the house. I always find difficulty at the time of understanding how to enjoy Poe's writing
 Eden Creed
The fall of the House of Usher is more literal than I thought it would be.

I'm shocked at myself for the rating I'm giving here, because I have heard so many great things about this story. So many people talk about it. So many classes almost demand that you read it, and for some reason I kept putting it off.

There's not a lot by Poe that I do not like.

The premise is fantastic, the setting is deliciously spooky and dark and absolutely ideal for what was in mind here.

But there is so much wasted buil
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The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundr ...more
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“Not hear it? --yes, I hear it, and have heard it. Long --long --long --many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it --yet I dared not --oh, pity me, miserable wretch that I am! --I dared not --I dared not speak! We have put her living in the tomb!” 26 likes
“I was forced to fall back upon the unsatisfactory conclusion, that while, beyond doubt, there are combinations of very simple natural objects which have the power of thus affecting us, still the analysis of this power lies among considerations beyond our depth. It was possible, I reflected, that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene, of the details of the picture, would be sufficient to modify, or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression.” 11 likes
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