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The Fall of the House of Usher

One of Poe’s most terrifying tales, The Fall of the House of Usher is narrated by a man who has been invited to visit his childhood friend Roderick Usher. The Fall of the House of Usher as a “novel.” However, despite the characteristic brevity of the narrative, the work deserves inclusion here, because it is simply impossible to imagine the modern novel without considering Poe’s masterful writing, and this seminal tale in particular. The story is imbued with an atmosphere of foreboding and terror, underpinned by an equally strong exploration of the human psyche. An unnamed narrator arrives at the House of Usher, a very creepy mansion owned by his boyhood friend Roderick Usher. Roderick has been sick lately, afflicted by a disease of the mind, and wrote to his friend, our narrator, asking for help. The narrator spends some time admiring the awesomely spooky Usher edifice. While doing so, he explains that Roderick and his sister are the last of the Usher bloodline and that the family is famous for its dedication to the arts. Eventually, the narrator heads inside to see his friend. Roderick indeed appears to be a sick man. He suffers from an "acuteness of the senses," or hypersensitivity to light, sound, taste, and tactile sensations. He feels that he will die of the fear he feels. You can listen online to free English audiobook “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe on our website. 

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