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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe (Full Text)

The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe (Full Text)

by Edgar Allan Poe

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"The Masque of the Red Death", originally published as "The Mask of the Red Death", is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. When Prospero confronts this stranger, he falls dead. The story follows many traditions of Gothic fiction and is often analyzed as an allegory about the inevitability of death, though some critics advise against an allegorical reading. Many different interpretations have been presented, as well as attempts to identify the true nature of the disease of the "Red Death."

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BN ID: 2940013738164
Publisher: Maran State Books
Publication date: 01/09/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 202 KB

About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was an American poet, short story writer,
playwright, editor, critic, essayist and one of the leaders of the
American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of the macabre
and mystery, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the
short story and a progenitor of detective fiction and crime
fiction. He is also credited with contributing to the emergent
science fiction genre.Poe died at the age of 40. The cause of his
death is undetermined and has been attributed to alcohol, drugs,
cholera, rabies, suicide (although likely to be mistaken with his
suicide attempt in the previous year), tuberculosis, heart disease,
brain congestion and other agents.

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