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By Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel

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A spouse to the yankee brief tale lines the advance of this flexible literary style over the last two hundred years.Sets the fast tale in context, taking note of the interplay of cultural forces and aesthetic principlesContributes to the continuing redefinition of the yank canon, with shut realization to the achievements of girls writers in addition to such vital genres because the ghost tale and detective fictionEmbraces varied traditions together with African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and nearby brief tale writingIncludes a bit excited by particular authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike

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Most are treatises on the interrelationships bonding animal and vegetable life (therefore recalling the combination of the Usher mansion resembling a human head overspread with hair-like fungi). Gresset’s works, poems, treat in Ververt the comic adventures of a talking parrot, and La Chartreuse is another comic work, though some readers perceive mystical treatment of human frailty in this book (CW 2. 16). The humorous intent in Gresset’s text should alert us that appearances may be deceptive in the House of Usher, as indeed they prove to be.

A haunted house, a naïve narrator, a domineering villain who is also a relative of the person he wishes to destroy, mysterious occurrences that culminate in the return of a ghostly character and the collapse of the house, the harried narrator managing to escape so he can relate the frightening events to readers. If we recognize that surface characteristics and undercurrents of suggestion contribute strongly to a symbolic unity, then Poe’s art in this story is unquestionable. 28 Benjamin F. Fisher Here the narrator is the genuine central character, not Roderick Usher, as casual readers sometimes believe.

In three reviews of Hawthorne’s short fiction, respectively in Graham’s Magazine (April 1842; E&R 568–9), Graham’s Magazine (May 1842; E&R: 569–76) and Godey’s Lady’s Book (November 1847; E&R 577–88), Poe most succinctly set forth his Poe and the Short Story 27 commendation of the short story as a form which at times manifests “superiority over the poem” (E&R 568) – high praise indeed from Poe. So his theories of poetry and fiction were almost indistinguishable. , symbolic art) in the former. , “The Fall of the House of Usher” or “The Masque of the Red Death,” embody more subtle allegorical features.

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