Locked doors, sealed cavities, bricked-up alcoves and premature burial close in on Poe's narrators as they , like their victims, are cut off from light, air and human society. Partly, Poe's stories resonate as the disordered chambers' of the narrators' minds but also they suggest archetypal, if extreme psychological states.
yet Poe was an incurable hoaxer, and in telling some wonderful short stories he also told some excessively tall tales.
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Table of Contents
TOC: William Wilson; A Tale of the Ragged Mountains; The Domain of Arnheim; Landor's Cottage; The Elk; The Island of the Fay; The Sphinx; The Gold Bug; The Man of the Crowd; Shadow; Silence: The Colloquy of Monos and Una; The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion; The Fall of the House of Usher; The Assignation; Ligeia; Eleonora; Berenice; Morella; The Oval Portrait; King Pest; The Masque of the Red Death; The Cask of Amontillado; Metzengerstein; The Pit and the Pendulum; Hop-Frog; A Descent into the Maelström; MS Found in a Bottle; The Premature Burial; The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar; The Tell-Tale Heart; Mellonta Tauta; The Thousand-and-second Tale of Scheherazade; The Oblong Box; The Spectacles; Z-ing a Paragrab; The Imp of the Perverse; The Balloon Hoax; The Murders in the Rue Morgue; The Mystery of Marie Roget; The Purloined Letter; 'Thou Art the Man'; Loss of Breath; Bon-Bon; The Devil in the Belfry; The Black Cat.