This collection consists of the seven most popular tales of Edgar Allan Poe. The Pit and the Pendulum The Fall of the House of Usher The Masque of the Red Death The Cask of Amontillado The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Tell-Tale Heart The Purloined Letter Though from one of those rare writers equally famous for poetry and prose fiction, it was the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe that carried his popularity in his own time. Harshly (perhaps vindictively) criticized for his personal life, Poe also suffered at the hands of American critics for the value and content of his poetry—a criticism hardly endorsed today. His short fiction, however, endeared him to readers and assured him an enduring place in American Letters.
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