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By Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel

A spouse to the yank brief tale strains the improvement of this flexible literary style during the last 2 hundred years.Sets the fast tale in context, being attentive to the interplay of cultural forces and aesthetic principlesContributes to the continuing redefinition of the yank canon, with shut consciousness to the achievements of girls writers in addition to such very important genres because the ghost tale and detective fictionEmbraces different traditions together with African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and neighborhood brief tale writingIncludes a bit excited about particular authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike

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Poe carefully named the Usher twins, and just as Roderick’s name indicates destruction, Madeline’s resonates with related significances – their relationship is not so close-knit for nothing. ”10 Whatever her true nature may have been, Mary Magdalene became associated in folklore with sexual promiscuity. Some readers of Poe’s story believe that the downfall of the Ushers results from brother–sister incest, though the text does not provide convincing evidence that incest occurred. Madeline is undeniably the lady of the House of Usher; therefore, the bizarre qualities she seems to possess are in perfect keeping with those in her surroundings.

Ironically, too, many readers who would claim considerable knowledge of Poe and his writings are really unaware of all the stories in the Poe canon. Certainly “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Ligeia,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Purloined Letter,” and “The Gold-Bug” are well known. Conversely, “Silence – A Fable,” “Shadow – a Parable,” “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion,” “The Island of the Fay,” “The Oblong Box,” “The Business Man,” “The Power of Words,” “The System of Dr.

2 Five of his earliest tales were sent in late 1831 to a prize competition sponsored by a Philadelphia newspaper, the Saturday Courier. Poe won no prize; that went instead to a greatly inferior piece. Publishing conditions being as they were, however, with no systematic copyright laws governing the practice, the editor of the Saturday Courier published the five stories during 1832. All appeared anonymously, as was also customary in that era, and the question remains whether Poe himself knew that they had appeared.

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